Motor insurance sting for drug drivers

Tuesday, 01 June 2010

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Those driving while under the influence of drugs could find their car insurance costs rising in the next couple of years, as the government has outlined new measures to get tough with offenders.

In an interview with the London Evening Standard, transport secretary Philip Hammond suggested that new devices called drugalysers will be introduced within the next two years to check drivers who may be on drugs.

The apparatus is already used across the US but lacks approval to be used as evidence in British courts.

Jo Abbott, from the RAC Foundation, told the newspaper that the model for success was established with the breathalyser and that a similar device to detect the presence of drugs is a welcome step.

"Drink driving figures were much reduced after the introduction of the breathalyser and we would expect to see the same pattern in illegal drug-related accidents on the road as soon as an equivalent test for drugs was rolled out," she added.

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