Drug Driving

Two stories have caught the eye in the national press over the last few days involving drug driving.

The first story is the criminal investigation into alleged manipulation of data in respect of toxicology tests carried out at Randox laboratory in Manchester.

At present it is believed that the majority of affected samples relate to drug driving offences but it may extend to more serious offences too.

Having recently successfully represented a client in having their conviction overturned, it will be interesting to see how many more people have had their lives turned upside down as a result of what has allegedly happened.

People convicted based on these tests will have received a minimum mandatory driving disqualification of 12 months. This in turn may have cost them their employment and impacted upon other areas in their life.

Those wrongly convicted will no doubt be pursuing civil claims for damages, and it will be interesting to see how this is quantified in due course

In the second story, a study between June to July shows that an average of 37 motorists were testing positive for banned substances on a daily basis.

That number is likely to increase as police forces increase drink and drug drive testing at this time of year.

The rise is being put down to the introduction of new drug testing saliva roadside testing kits, which allow police to identify illicit substances within minutes.

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