Govt aims to stamp out drug driving

Thursday, 12 August 2010

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Law-abiding car insurance policy holders could see their premiums drop over the coming years, if new government plans on drug driving have the desired effect.

Police stations could be equipped with drugalysers as early as 2012, according to road safety minister Mike Penning.

That will mean that drug tests can be carried out suspects much more quickly than at present. Drug tests usually need a doctor to be called out, because police have to prove impairment to secure a conviction.

Drink driving fatalities in the UK were at an all-time low in 2009, but drug driving continues to represent a small but significant danger on the road.

While any measure aimed at cutting road accidents is likely to have a positive effect on the general profile for car insurance costs, some commentators warn that the government's plans don't go far enough.

Julie Townsend of Brake welcomed the introduction of drugalysers, but stressed the need for roadside equipment and a change to the law to make drug driving itself an offence.

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