One road safety charity has come forward to add its support to a new drug driving law to be included in the Crime, Communications, and Court Bill, motoring experts recently revealed.
The new law, which will no longer require police to prove impairment, was praised by the senior campaigns officer for Brake, Ellen Booth, who remarked that its removal makes it that much more easier to tackle drug driving, a phenomenon that not only can land people in hospital but can also result in increased car insurance rates due to an expensive accident.
Enormous differences can be made in preventing crashes caused by drug driving by the end of this year through both the creation of a new offence in addition to allowing roadside drug screening equipment to be used, Ms Booth said. The road safety charity’s senior campaigns officer added that taking these steps will also make sure that those selfish few who have taken drugs and then gotten behind the wheel will be held accountable for their actions – especially if they lead to serious consequences for innocent third parties – and Ms Booth also said that it was crucial that the technical and legal aspects of the new law be fleshed out by an expert panel.
Brake has long been recommending a zero-tolerance approach be adopted towards drug driving through the integration of an international evidence standard that makes it offence to be caught on even trace amounts of illegal drugs. Motorists under the influence put both themselves and other users of the road at a much heightened risk, as users could experience slowed reaction speeds or even hallucinatory episodes behind the wheel.