Road Safety Campaigners claim that driving under the influence of drugs can dramatically increase the likelihood of a motoring accident by impeding your ability to respond quickly on the road. Many of the zero tolerance drug drive limits are not linked to driver impairment in any way, and hundreds of motorists who go by the premise of “I feel ok so therefore I’m safe to drive” are finding this out the hard way.
In the past year, it was reported that nearly 8,000 individuals have been arrested for the offence of drug driving. Following the changes to the law with the drug driving offence being introduced in 2015, this increase in statistics may be explainable. Contained in the amendments was the indicated maximum levels of each drug in the blood, removing any need for there to be proof of driver impairment, which could attract prosecution.