Wednesday 23rd October 2019
New Legislation Around Drug Driving
On Monday 21st October a major legislative change was introduced with the introduction of roadside drug driving tests.
While there has always been legislation contained within the Road Traffic Act 1988 concerning a person’s fitness to drive, the new legislation creates a specific limits offence.
The new regulations specify 17 drugs, some illegal, some medicinal, each with a specified limit. Illegal drugs have limits set very close to zero but high enough to ensure that the accidental contact can be ruled out.
A driver who exceeds those limits, regardless of their fitness to drive, commits an offence under the new legislation.
Roadside screening tests will be carried by officers that will target users of the 2 most common illegal drugs; Cannabis and Cocaine. Analysis shows those two drugs were found in the vast majority of bloods analysed in drivers that were unfit to drive.
Any person taking medication in line with a prescription can claim a medical offence unless it is indicated that they should not drive whilst taking the medication. Obviously they could also still be prosecuted under the existing impairment offence.
The penalties for committing an offence are the same as the current unfit to drive legislation. That is a minimum 12 month driving ban, up to 6 months in prison and a fine of up to £5000.
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Recent Incident in Comrie
On the evening of Friday 18th October a black and green Specialized Mountain Bike was stolen from the front garden of a property in Laggan Square, Comrie. (CR/28244/19)
Anyone with any information that may be useful should contact Tayside Division on 101 or any police officer, quoting the crime reference number listed at each incident. Alternatively information can be passed anonymously via the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Local Area Commander
Perth and Kinross