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Drink Driving: The Morning After The Night Before

Rebecca Williams, Duty Solicitor in our Criminal Department, talks about the risks involved with driving ‘the morning after the night before’.   We all know the dangers of going out, drinking and driving home; but what about driving the next morning? It’s that time of year of office parties, Christmas drinks and socialising with family and friends. You might go out for a few drinks after work or to your Christmas party and have a few more than you intended. You know that you shouldn’t drink and drive so you get a taxi, get home and go to sleep because you’ve got work the next day. You get up the following morning, get in your car and drive yourself to...

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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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