New drug law sees 200 drivers banned
NEARLY 200 drivers have been banned since police took up new drug driving laws and started using roadside testing kits.
Cheshire Police has arrested more than 540 people on suspicion of drug driving since the law changed a year ago. Almost 200 drivers have been prosecuted, with many finding themselves hauled before Macclesfield Magistrates and all getting a 12 month driving ban.
Officers can now prosecute anyone in charge of a motor vehicle with a concentration of an illegal drug over the specified limit. They have drug driving testing wipes and machines to monitor cannabis and cocaine, as well as other drugs including benzoylecgonine, a cocaine by-product.
The figures mean Cheshire has one of the highest arrest rates in the UK, with men between 21 and 30 making up the majority of the offenders.
Assistant Chief Constable Mark Roberts said: “The introduction of the laws has proved instrumental in the fight against drug driving.
“We have the highest arrest rate in the North West and one of the highest in the UK so offenders are more likely to be caught in Cheshire than anywhere else in the region.”