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Changes to the law for driving under the influence of drugs come in to force. 2/03/15

Drivers in England and Wales may now be prosecuted if they are caught driving whilst over specified limits for eight named prescription and eight named illegal drugs.

Police will also be able to use drug testing devices on the spot to determine if limits have been exceeded, in addition to tests carried out at Police stations for the drugs concerned.

Drivers currently caught driving 'when impaired by any drug' could be fined up to £5,000, face six months in prison and at least a one year driving ban.

Concerns voiced by individuals who are legitimately on prescription drugs have been assured that they will not be affected provided they are within the recommended amounts. In addition to this, they have been advised to carry proof of their prescriptions whilst driving.

Sarah Sillars, chief executive of the Institute of Advanced Motorists, said the law was "a real step in the right direction" and Road Safety Minister Robert Goodwill stated that "this law will save lives."

All information provided is believed to be correct at the time of publication.
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