Drug Driving - Everything you need to know about UK Drug Driving Law

  • Author: Lucinda Dore
  • Posted on: 3rd August 2017
  • Posted in: Blog

Drug Driving Law - What you need to know?

If Police in England and Wales decide to stop you behind the wheel because they believe that the use of prescribed medication or illegal drugs has affected your ability to drive safely then a "field impairment assessment" will take place. If it is deemed that you are unfit to drive then you may be asked for a blood or urine test at the police station.If these tests prove that you have illegal levels of drugs in your system then you may be prosecuted for drug driving.

We see many clients who have been charged with drug driving, some of whom have unknowingly committed an offence due to a lack of understanding of the UK drug driving law, therefore we always advise that you check with your GP about whether you should drive when taking prescribed medication.

The current penalties for drug driving as detailed on the Gov.UK website are :

    • a minimum 1 year driving ban
    • an unlimited fine up to 6 months in prison a
    • criminal record
It also warns of the following:

Your driving licence will also show you’ve been convicted for drug driving. This will last for 11 years.

    • The penalty for causing death by dangerous driving under the influence of drugs is a prison sentence of up to 14 years.
Other problems you could face:

A conviction for drug driving also means: your car insurance costs will increase significantly if you drive for work, your employer will see your conviction on your licence you may have trouble travelling to countries like the USA.

If you need further advice on either a drug or drink driving related matter then please get in touch on 01273 734 600 or email advice@crosbywoods.co.uk.

We offer a FREE initial consultation and we treat your matter sensitively and at all times confidentially. 

Lucinda Dore, Partner and Criminal Law Solicitor