Country’s first driver arrested for drug driving convicted

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South Yorkshire Police and South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership are to launch a new Sky TV advert to show the consequences of drug driving.

The advert comes after one of the first drivers in the country to be arrested under the new drug driving law was convicted of the offence and disqualified from driving.

Robert Maslanka appeared at Doncaster Magistrates’ Court on Friday, 9 October, charged with Section 5A driving over the prescribed limit.

South Yorkshire’s Road Policing unit arrested Maslanka at the scene of a collision on the A1 in Doncaster at around 6.30am on Monday, 2 March, just hours after additional legalisation introduced by the Government came into effect.

Officers suspected Mr Maslanka was under the influence of an illegal substance and was tested at the roadside using the new roadside drug screening kits. A positive result for cannabis was found and he was arrested on suspicion of drug driving.

A blood test was later taken at Doncaster Police Station and Maslanka was found to be 1.5 over the limit on cannabis, which is currently set at 2 micrograms per litre of blood.

Maslanka was charged and initially pleaded not guilty however was found guilty at Doncaster Magistrates’ Court following a trial. He was sentenced to a 15 month driving disqualification, a 20 week prison sentence suspended for two years, 120 hours unpaid work and ordered to pay £300 costs and an £80 victim surcharge.

Roads Policing Chiefs Inspector Glen Sutherwood said: ‘This case is a particularly pertinent example of why we launched our drug driving campaign last month. We want to raise awareness with drivings of the consequences of driving while under the influence and over the limit on drugs.’

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