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Crackdown on drink and drug driving

A package of measures to tackle drink and drug driving has been announced by the Government.

Drivers need to know that improved testing equipment to detect drink and drug drivers is to be bought and changes will be made to "streamline" enforcement of both offences. In simple terms, this means that loopholes will be closed, rehabilitation schemes will be introduced and drivers rights may be curtailed following arrest and during the testing process.

The Government will also examine the case for a new specific drug driving offence - alongside the existing one - which would remove the need for the police to prove impairment on a case-by-case basis where a specified drug has been detected.

However, the prescribed alcohol limit for driving will not be changed, with the focus instead on improving enforcement and education to tackle drink and drug drivers.

This was first published in April 2011

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