All drivers should be aware that from March 2015 it will be illegal in England and Wales to drive with certain illegal drugs in the blood and it will also be illegal to drive with certain levels of certain legal drugs, even if you’re not unfit to drive.
If you are prescribed drugs from your Doctor or you purchase drugs from the chemist you should ask the doctor or the pharmacist whether you should drive.
If the police stop you and think you’re on drugs they can do a ‘field impairment assessment’. This is a series of tests, like asking you to walk in a straight line.
If they think you’re unfit to drive because of taking drugs, you’ll be arrested and will have to take a blood or urine test at a police station. You could be charged with a crime if the test shows you’ve taken drugs.
If you’re convicted of drug driving you’ll get:
- a minimum 1 year driving ban
- an unlimited fine
- up to 6 months in prison
- a criminal record
Your driving licence will also show you’ve been convicted for drug driving. This will last for 11 years.
The penalty for causing death by dangerous driving under the influence of drugs is a prison sentence of up to 14 years.