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Improved screening tests leading to increased Drug driving convictions.

Better technology means courts are punishing drug drive offenders in record numbers.

Tough new drug driving laws are now taking more dangerous drivers off roads, with conviction rates for the new drug driving offence at 98%.

Thanks to government action, which is ensuring police forces now have access to improved screening equipment to test suspected drug drivers, motorists are now just as likely to be convicted for driving under the influence of drugs as they are for drunk driving.

A new law introduced in 2015 makes it illegal to drive with certain drugs in the body above specified limits, and includes 8 illegal drugs and 9 prescription drugs. If caught, drivers can lose their licence for at least a year, be fined up to £5,000 or even end up in prison.

2015 saw 1,442 motorists in the UK – about 4 a day - convicted for offences including being in charge of, attempting to drive, or causing death after exceeding the legal drug limit.

Transport Minister Paul Maynard said:

"Driving under the influence of drugs has no place in our society. It devastates families and ruins lives.

"Our tough approach has taken dangerous drivers off our roads and is stopping other crimes taking place.

"With higher prosecutions and convictions, we are delivering on our clear message that if you take drugs and drive, you will face the consequences."

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