With a zero- tolerance approach to illegal drugs being taken by the Government, you would be forgiven for assuming that the priorities were focused more on outsmarting drug users under false pretences, as opposed to trying to improve road conditions for the general public. These ‘blood limits’ for the most common drugs used in the UK (Cocaine, Marijuana, Heroin and Ketamine) are so low, that they would register in an administered test long after any impairment on driving abilities had subsided. But is there any method in the Government’s madness?
Quite questionably, those who can produce a prescription or aptly labelled pill bottle for the six ‘regulated’ benzodiazepines and two opiates, will be allowed on the roads even though they are also likely to severely impair one’s driving; is this desirable considering marijuana is touted as one of the ‘least dangerous drugs’ and has been legalised across the pond in some states?
Today, police are equipped with roadside drug tests which can detect the presence of cocaine and THC (the primary psychoactive substance in marijuana).