Number of drug drivers on UK roads DOUBLED

THE number of drugged drivers on Britain’s roads is higher than ever.

According to the latest figures from the DVLA, 20,407 drivers were caught in 2021 alone.

Drug driving is a growing problem on UK roads


Drug driving is a growing problem on UK roadsCredit: Alamy

The Motor Easy study showed that this is an increase from 10,479 in 2018, 12,219 in 2019 and 14,377 in 2020, clearly indicating the problem is getting worse.

Meanwhile, the number of drivers causing deaths from careless driving above the limit has increased from 13 in 2018 to 11, 6 and 9 in the following three years.

These notes bring between three and 11 penalty points and remain in the driver’s file for 11 years.

A 78-year-old woman and boys aged 14 and 15 were among the drug drivers caught during this time.

Police can test drugs like cannabis and cocaine with curbside “drug testers,” while other illicit substances like heroin and ecstasy are detected with on-station screening methods.

The North West of England is the worst for drug driving with 13,166 offenders in the last five years. The southeast follows with 9,929.

East of England follows with 8,298 and Greater London with 7,171.

South West Scotland has the lowest number of offenders at just 30, followed by central Scotland at 41.

Duncan McClure Fisher, founder and CEO of leading automobile association MotorEasy, who received the figures, said: “There is never an excuse for driving with a disability, whether it be through drugs or alcohol.

“Britain’s drug-driving problem is growing every year and urgent action is needed to prevent tragedy on our roads.

“Since it became a special offense in 2015, convictions for drug driving have continued to rise – whether because more people are doing it or police forces are getting better at catching those who do it.

“We all have a responsibility to other motorists to make sure we are fit to drive and make sure our roads are as safe as possible.” Number of drug drivers on UK roads DOUBLED

Fry Electronics Team

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