One leading car insurance comparison website has recently reported that Brake, the road safety charity, has called on the government for stronger drug driving laws in the wake of new and deeply troubling statistics.
With the discovery that more than one out of five young motor car insurance policy holders have gotten behind the wheel under the influence of drugs, Brake’s findings come alongside the announcement that improvements may be made to the nation’s drug driving laws. A panel of experts with the Department for Transport will soon be publishing a new report on the different effect both legal and illegal drugs have on the human body and whether roadside drug testing would be feasible in the future.
The law currently provides for police to conduct roadside co-ordination examinations in order to provide cause for a follow-up blood test at a police station. These tests involve activities such as requesting participants to shut their eyes and touch their nose, along with other tasks that would prove difficult for someone under the influence of drugs.
Brake says that drug driving laws should be brought into like with much stricter drink driving ones that make it illegal to be behind the wheel after a motorist has consumed a specific volume of alcoholic beverages. Requiring similar laws for drug driving will make it easier to prosecute such offences, said the road safety charity.
Industry experts say that younger motorists are in no need of more reasons for car insurance companies to charge them higher insurance rates. It is already quite difficult to find discount car insurance for young drivers in the UK, as insurers say that younger drivers are already more likely to be involved in an accident than older ones, and insurance experts feel that providers may take these new research findings and raise rates even higher for this beleaguered class of motorists.