posted 10 months ago

New Safety Measures To Tackle Drug-Driving

The Government has unveiled proposals that will see a grant handed to police forces to help tackle drug-driving

The Department for Transport has introduced a raft of new safety initiatives today and has announced that UK forces will be receiving extra funding to help tackle drug-driving.

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'Common sense proposals'

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin stated: “Today we are delivering common sense proposals that balance tougher penalties for dangerous drivers with practical steps to help youngsters and other more vulnerable groups stay safe on our roads.” 

Drug-driving is becoming a larger problem in the UK. A £750,000 grant will be made accessible for the 43 police forces in England and Wales to build drug-driving enforcement capability.

This includes training more officers with drug recognition and impairment testing skills to enable more effective and targeted enforcement.

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'Hidden killer'

Edmund King, AA President has applauded the new initiative and said: "Drug driving is still the hidden killer and official police figures on the problem are only the tip of the iceberg. Often drivers have mixed drink and drugs but only the drink is detected.

He continued: "Extra help for the police to counter drug driving with this £750,000 fund is welcome and overdue."

Terry Hogan, Managing Director at said: "Whilst we welcome extra funds to combat this menace, £750,000 shared between 43 Police forces is a drop in the ocean in comparison to the taxation the Government takes from motorists."

He added: "Serious problems require larger scale investment and whilst it is a step in the right direction, it isn't enough."

The DfT has also stated that there will be a crackdown on hand-held mobile phone usage and has announced plans to allow learner drivers on motorways.