Brake calls for Scotland to introduce ban on drug driving

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Fleet News reports that the road safety charity is calling on the Scottish government to introduce a zero-tolerance policy on drug driving.

In 2014, Scotland reduced the drink driving limit to 50mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood, making it the lowest limit in the UK. In England, Wales and Northern Ireland, the limit remains 80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood.

However, England and Wales introduced a zero-tolerance drug driving ban in 2015. This made it an offence to drive after taking certain drugs, including illegal and some prescription-only drugs. Brake believes Scotland should now introduce a similar drug driving law.

Data from 2015, the latest available UK figures, reveals that 62 fatal crashes were a result of impairment by illicit drugs.

Since the drug driving ban was introduced in England and Wales, police forces have reported a significant rise in drug driving arrests.

The number of people arrested for the offence of drug driving hit almost 8,000 between March 2015 and April 2016, while the number of convictions for careless driving under the influence of drugs also has grown, rising from 1,039 in 2014 to 1,490 in 2015.

Campaigns director for Brake, Gary Rae, commented: "I want to send the First Minister a clear message that her government needs to root out dangerous and potentially deadly driving by introducing a drug driving law.

"There's evidence that the law is working in other nations of the UK and will work in Scotland."

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