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Merseyside police back new drug legislation

Merseyside police are backing a new drug drive law which comes into force today. It's now illegal to drive with certain drugs above specified blood levels in the body.

These limits are set at very low levels for eight illegal drugs, including cannabis and cocaine and eight medicines that have been set at a higher limit. Merseyside Police has been one of a number of forces who have equipped their custody suites with a device to test suspected drug drivers.

This new law states that it is an offence to drive with certain drugs above specified blood levels in the body, whether you’re driving impaired or not.

“As with alcohol, drugs do impair your ability to drive and is just as unacceptable. A drug drive conviction will have a serious effect on your life including a criminal record, a minimum 12 month driving ban and a fine of up to £5000. It could also cost you your job.”

– Sergeant Paul Mountford

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