(PRWEB UK) 10 May 2012
Tougher sentences announced today, under the Crime and Courts bill, in the Queens speech will mean much tougher sentences for those driving under the influence of drugs. The new legislation will make it an automatic offence to have levels of certain drugs in the bloodstream. Police will also be issued with hand-held devises that will be able to test the level of drugs in the body, at the roadside.
The penalty for the new offence will be similar to those of drunk driving, with a maximum of six months jail, a fine of up to £5,000, and an automatic driving ban of at least 12 months. “The penalties for drink driving laws are justifiably harsh, so there is absolutely no reason why the same consequences should not be applicable to those driving under the influence of narcotics.” Phil Jones, commercial Director of Motors.co.uk comments.
A recent poll of 2,000 consumers by Motors.co.uk in association with YouGov asked “To what extent do you agree or disagree that the police should be allowed to carry out roadside drug testing?”
- Strongly Agree: 55%
- Tend to Agree: 31%
The results were overwhelmingly in favour of giving police more powers to test on the roadside. Following a national campaign by Natasha and Gary Groves, whose daughter Lillian was killed by a driver under the influence, drug driving has become a central issue for the Government and this move reflects this.
Phill Jones, Commercial Director of Motors.co.uk continues: "Ensuring the safety of drivers on the road should be the Road Safety Minister's first and foremost priority, and current laws on drug driving are not adequate enough. The relationship between the Government and motorists has become increasingly strained of late, and the evidence is clearly there to suggest that the majority of the public are strongly behind this Bill. Pursuing this could be a way for the Government to increase their popularity in the eyes of the nation's drivers."
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