No tolerance drug driving policy outlined


The government has outlined detailed proposals about how it plans to tackle the growing issue of drug driving in the UK, creating a specific new offence for the crime which will make it easier for prosecutions to be brought.

A press release newly published by the Department for Transport here explains how the new regulations will be enforced, and this will hopefully act as a stronger deterrent to those who currently feel that they might be able to get away with this dangerous behaviour.

In the release, the roads minister Stephen Hammond wrote that 'drug driving is a menace which devastates families and ruins lives', and reinforced the determination he and the automotive industry at large share for ensuring incidents of this kind become a thing of the past.

The proposals also specifically state which drugs will not be tolerated when behind the wheel, as well as guidelines concerning how to deal with drivers whose ability may be inadvertently impaired through the use of prescription drugs; 'we know that the vast majority of people who use these drugs are doing so responsibly and safely', Hammond notes, 'and that is why our approach does not unduly penalise drivers who have taken properly prescribed medicines'.

Anyone who has taken advantage of, for example, one of the Ford Ka offers currently available in the UK has the right to feel that they are taking to the road in as much safety as possible, without the danger of other irresponsible drivers causing accidents. The idea behind these new measures is that this risk will be lowered and, as the technical director of the RAC, David Bizley, commented: 'motorists will be happy to see the Government taking a lead on this and ensuring people understand their position – and what happens if they step over the line'.

A consultation will now be held to establish how the proposals can best be implemented, with the eventual aim being to allow all those who have purchased their new vehicles through Ford car deals or any other means to travel with confidence that their journeys will not be affected by people under the influence of any kind of intoxicating substance.

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