Hundreds of arrests in 1st year of new drug driving law

Police forces across the region have been releasing their arrest figures on the first anniversary of the introduction of the new drug driving law.

The law introduced on 2nd March 2015 made it easier for officers to catch and convict people driving under the influence of 17 controlled drugs - including cannabis, cocaine and heroin.

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Today marks the first anniversary of the introduction of new legislation to punish drug drivers. However new figures released today show people are still risking lives by driving high.

Over the past year there's been 295 arrests for drug-driving in Sussex. In Kent there were 79 arrests in the first six months. Matt Price reports.

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Drug driving law: 295 arrests in Sussex in 1st year

Police in Sussex and Surrey are reminding people of the consequences of drug driving. The warning from the Surrey & Sussex Roads Policing Unit comes on the first anniversary of a new law which made it easier for them to catch and convict people driving under the influence of drugs.

A total of 295 arrests related to drug-driving were made in Sussex between 2nd March 2015 and the 29th February 2016. Two hundred and twenty-two of those offences were for driving with a [proportion of a specified controlled drug above the specified limit.

"The consequences of drug-driving can be lethal. Substances - both legal and illegal - can seriously impair your ability to drive, which could cause a serious or even a fatal collision.

"But there's also a knock-on effect - a conviction is likely to increase the cost of your car insurance, you could lose your job and you could have difficulty travelling to other countries. Above all, drug-driving is not a risk worth taking.

"We have a duty and a commitment to keep the roads in Sussex safe, and as such we take a zero tolerance approach to drug-driving. Anyone caught committing the offence will be dealt with accordingly."

– Sergeant Phil Badman, Surrey and Sussex Police Roads Policing Unit

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