Last week it was announced that plans to introduce a drug-drive limit within the UK had taken a step closer, after the legal limits of a number of drugs were agreed.
During a recent government consultation drug-drive limits for eight generally-prescribed drugs and limits for eight illicit drugs were agreed; and will now be added into new regulations which are due to come into force later this year.
Under the agreed limits, drivers will not be able to legally drive whilst over the generally-prescribed limit for each drug; whilst each of the illicit drugs has been handed its own legal limit – which ranges from 10mg for cocaine to 1mg for LSD.
However, despite agreeing legal limits for 16 drugs, the consultation failed to agree a legal limit for amphetamine, due to a number of concerns, and it has been reported that the consultation into the drug is still ongoing to ensure that those who are prescribed the drug as treatment for ADHD are not affected.
Drug driving, as with drink-driving, is a serious offence and carries the same punishments. However, aw does not differentiate between illegal substances and over the counter or prescription medicines, which can sometimes make the user drowsy; which is why if you are facing charges of drug-driving it is important to seek the legal advice of our experienced road traffic solicitors.
To find out how we can assist you in drug-driving related charges, contact our solicitors today.