Drug Driving Sentencing Guidelines Released

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Conor Johnstone

The Sentencing Council is launching guidance for sentencing cases of ‘drug driving’.


The guidance is to assist those sentencing offences of driving, attempting to drive or being in charge of a motor vehicle with a concentration of a specified controlled drug in the body above the specified limit (Section 5A Road Traffic Act 1988).

At present there is insufficient reliable data available from the Department for Transport upon which the Sentencing Council can devise a full guideline. Thus, these guidelines will not carry the same authority as the official Sentencing Guidelines, such as those used for drink driving offences.

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