Almost a million Britons will have taken drugs before getting behind the wheel at some point in the past 12 months, new research suggests.
The survey by the road safety charity Brake and the Direct Line insurance company shows there is an ongoing problem with people driving while under the influence of cannabis, ecstasy and other narcotics.
More than one in ten people revealed that they have been a passenger of someone they suspected had taken an illegal substance.
The findings come shortly before a new law is introduced, which will make it easier to prosecute people for ‘drug driving’. Previously, charges were only brought if police could categorically prove that a substance had impaired someone’s judgement or another law had been broken.
Those found guilty face up to six months in prison, a £5000 fine and an automatic 12 month driving ban.
The new legislation, which comes into force in March, has become known as Lillian’s Law, named after 14-year-old schoolgirl Lillian Groves. Four years ago, the teenager was killed outside her own home by a speeding driver who had taken cannabis.
Her family had campaigned tirelessly to overhaul laws, bringing in tougher sentences and measures which made it to easier to prosecute offenders. Their efforts eventually won support from David Cameron and new laws were unveiled in 2012.
It is estimated that 200 deaths a year may be the result of drug driving, although historically full records have not been kept – making it difficult to reach an exact figure.
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