New drug law sees 200 driv­ers banned

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

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.”

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