New drugs-driving law to be introduced
08 May 2012
Forensic Equity has learnt that new drugs and driving laws are due to be introduced. Under the new law in England and Wales drug-driving would become a specific offence with a potential fine of up to £5000 and a jail term.
At present in order to be convicted of drug driving the police and prosecutions forensic scientist must prove impairment. I.e. that the drugs caused the driver to become impaired thus causing the road accident or road traffic offence.
Under the new proposed laws however, police with be provided with road side testing equipment which will indicate whether the person has taken an illicit substance. Any person suspected of being impaired whilst at the wheel will first be tested for alcohol. If this proves negative but the police officer still remains suspicious the new handheld trace detection device
will then be used to test the person’s siliva for illicit drugs
at the road side.
Questions however remain over the soundness of the technology used in such devices. May legal medicated drugs can have similar chemical compounds to that of illicit drugs making it very hard to differentiate between substances, particularly when using relatively simple scientific testing equipment.
In summation the proposed testing equipment is not fool proof and it can sometimes be very difficult to differentiate with absolute certainty between legal and illegal drugs and substances. If your client believes that they have been wrongly charged instruct our independent forensic scientists
to review the evidence. With years of scientific experience they can re-examine the evidence, conduct new forensic drugs analysis
and provide expert witness
reporting and testimony