Policy paper

Introduction of a new drug driving offence and screening devices

A new drug driving policy allowing police to prosecute drivers whose blood samples contain drugs, and information about new roadside drug screening devices.

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A new driving offence was announced by the government in January 2012 with regard to driving with a specific controlled drug in the body above the accepted limit for that drug.

This background information provides further details on the reasons why we are introducing a new offence, the way it will work and the difference between it and existing legislation.

Published 11 May 2012
Last updated 27 March 2014 + show all updates
  1. Updated with the latest information about the new drug driving offence.
  2. First published.