Drink drivers to be educated on dangers of drug driving

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A new initiative will see people convicted of driving over the alcohol limit being educated on the dangers of drug driving in existing rehabilitation courses, Fleet News reports.

Through the Department for Transport trial, around 1,000 offenders in England and Wales will attend the combined course.

The move comes as figures revealed a fifth of convicted drug drivers were found to have been previously banned for drink driving.

Discussing the issue of drug driving, road safety minister Andrew Jones said: "We have some of the safest roads in the world and have introduced tougher penalties for drink and drug driving to make them even safer.

"Getting behind the wheel while under the influence of drugs can have catastrophic results for drivers and passengers and can ruin families' lives.

"Educating offenders of the dangers of drug driving will help prevent it in the future."

In March last year, new rules around drug driving and testing were introduced. Since then, around 7,000 drivers have been banned. In comparison, just 879 motorists were banned as a result of drug driving in 2014.

The rehabilitation courses are aimed at first-time offenders to educate them on the dangers of drink driving to themselves, as well as other road users.

According to the RAC, the trial scheme will run until the end of March next year. A consultation on making these combined courses available for drug drivers will then consider the findings.

Noting the difficulty in determining whether someone is under the influence of drugs while driving, Steve Gooding, director of motoring research charity the RAC Foundation, said it is "known that drink and drugs are often found together.

"The question is whether an educational course will be enough to alert offenders to the risks they are taking and change their behaviour."

Do you think the course will be enough of a deterrent?

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