Police back campaign highlighting the danger of drug driving

DEVON and Cornwall Police has given its backing to the new �2.3 million campaign to tackle drug driving. It is estimated that one in five drivers killed in road accidents may have an impairing drug in their system. The police can spot the signs that someo

DEVON and Cornwall Police has given its backing to the new �2.3 million campaign to tackle drug driving.

It is estimated that one in five drivers killed in road accidents may have an impairing drug in their system.

The police can spot the signs that someone is driving under the influence of drugs and - as the new campaign highlights - once a driver has been stopped their eyes will give them away because of the obvious and involuntary effects drugs have on the body.

Anyone convicted of driving while unfit through drugs will get a minimum 12 months driving ban, a criminal record and a large fine.


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Inspector Richard Pryce, of the Devon and Cornwall Constabulary's Roads Policing Unit said: "The dangers of driving while under the influence of any drug are clear. Driving impaired through drugs is as lethal as driving under the influence of alcohol. It is vital that every driver is aware of the dangers and ensures that they are fit to drive.

"Our officers are trained in roadside impairment testing and they will test those motorists whose driving may be impaired through drugs. We want to make roads safer and reducing the danger by taking people off the road who take drugs and drive contributes.

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