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12June2015

More than 400 people a month arrested for drug-driving

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The Institute of Advanced Motorists has released results revealing the true scale of drug-driving in England and Wales since new laws came into force – showing that over 400 people have already been arrested for the offence.

Statistics obtained by the IAM under the freedom of information shown that a total of 902 drug-drive arrests were made by forces across England and Wales.  On average one person every three days was arrested for drug-driving.

The results revealed little consistency in testing and arrests across England and Wales.

The Metropolitan Police recorded the highest number of arrests with 214 in just over two months, then Cheshire Constabulary with 70, Sussex Police with 58 and South Yorkshire Police with 55 arrests.

Leciestershire Police, Warwickshire Police and Gwent Police are yet to make a drug drive arrest.

The full list of results can be seen below.

Sarah Sillars, IAM CEO, said: ‘It’s very clear from our survey that the new drink-driving law has just scratched the surface of a much bigger problem.

‘We have reached a point where drink-driving has become socially unacceptable, particularly amongst younger motorists.  We now need a sustained campaign to back up the police enforcement effort and ensure drug-driving is seen in exactly the same way.  The effects of driving under the influence of drugs can be devastating.”

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