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Drug-driving laws come into force

Drug-driving laws come into force

Published at 8:36am 2nd March 2015. (Updated at 1:20pm 5th March 2015)

North Yorkshire Police has cautiously welcomed new drug-driving laws which have come into force.

Under the new legislation, it will be illegal to drive if you have one of 17 controlled drugs in your blood, above a specified level. 

As a result, some police forces will start to use screening equipment to test suspected drug-drivers.

Officers in North Yorkshire have already been using the equipment in custody suites for more than a year.

But over the coming months, the force is planning to make some of its screening equipment mobile, so that officers can test for cannabis and cocaine at the roadside

Deputy Chief Constable Tim Madgwick said: "Drugs can affect driving in many different ways, and those who get behind the wheel when they are under the influence of illegal or some controlled drugs are putting themselves and others in danger.

"Given the serious consequences that can occur, we welcome any additional powers that might help police to tackle road safety issues.

"This new legislation is a step in the right direction, but there are still some practical challenges with testing for levels of substances in the blood that need to be worked through before the full potential of the new legislation can be realized.

"Notwithstanding the changes to the law, North Yorkshire Police has always taken a very proactive approach to road safety issues, and we will use the full extent of our powers on anyone we catch driving whilst under the influence of drugs. 

"Drug-drivers are dangerous and have no place on our county's roads."