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New drug-driving law comes into force today

New “drug-driving” laws come into force today which give police powers to catch motorists driving under the influence of drugs. Police now have the power to use “drugalysers” to screen for various drugs including cannabis and cocaine. In addition, officers can also test for ecstasy, LSD, ketamine and heroin once at the police station – even if a driver passes the roadside check. The new drug-drive law sets limits at very low levels – bordering on ‘zero tolerance’ – for eight illegal drugs such as cannabis and cocaine. The tough legislation, covering illegal and prescription drugs, means motorists could face being arrested, receiving hefty fines and getting criminal records. Today the drug driving specified limits for England and Wales regulations...

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