It's taken three years but the Great Britain is finally ready to introduce laws to make driving while impaired by illegal and legal drugs against the law. While Britain's Home Office waitied for approval of a mobile drug-testing unit – currently drug testing is done at the police station – ministers have been working on the details of the law to fall under the Crime, Communications and Court Bill.

The drugalyzers are expected to be ready by the end of the year and will be able to detect up to 13 drugs from cocaine and crack to certain prescription medications in a driver's saliva. An advisory panel is devising penalties for operators found to be impaired and considering the idea of differing penalties for different drugs various, but a one-year ban, jail time and a four-figure fine are looking like front runners.

The run-of-show would be that if a policeman pulls you over and suspects impairment, he'll test for alcohol first. If, in the policeman's eyes, that doesn't explain your horrid driving, he'll test for drugs. If you fail the drug test you'll be taken to the station and tested again on their fixed machine, to verify the findings. And if you decline to be tested at all, it'll be considered the same as declining a breathalyzer.


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      Frisky_Dingo
      • 2 Years Ago
      So what if you're just a horrid-ass driver??? You know, like 75% of the populace out there??? A lack if driving ability and attention in general seems to be a way larger problem than a few people driving while high or stoned.
      Mr.Roadrage
      • 2 Years Ago
      Actually, more than 80% of cars in Britain have manual gearboxes.
      Conza
      • 2 Years Ago
      Bout time, we've had that in Aus for ages... don't know if it's done any good or not, but I don't see it as a problem, and if pot becomes legal, then that drug... interesting, will it still be illegal to do pot and drive, once pot is legal?
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Conza
        [blocked]
      teamplayers99
      • 2 Years Ago
      Meanwhile it's another beautiful day here in Anywhere-But-England
        Lachmund
        • 2 Years Ago
        @teamplayers99
        you can't be talking about the states, can you?!
        tump
        • 2 Years Ago
        @teamplayers99
        A similar effort to ticket sober pot smokers (that is: any driver that smoked in the prior ~MONTH) just failed to pass in Colorado largely because it targeted ONLY marijuana. I'm not opposed to these laws, but I am opposed to stupid and unfair ones (gotta include all the legal soccer mom drugs, too!)
          wilkegm
          • 2 Years Ago
          @tump
          Johnnie- legal or not, if you're deemed impaired, and its in your system, expect to be prosecuted. Unlike with substances that have a short half-life, you can't PROVE you didn't just blaze up.
      Myself
      • 2 Years Ago
      Finally.
      desinerd1
      • 2 Years Ago
      What a waste of money. Instead, they could be spending tax dollars on bringing self driving cars to market sooner. 95% people drive cars with automatic transmission. And we all know anybody driving an automatic is automatically a bad driver. Instead of trying to patch the situation, why not just give them self driving cars.
        NissanGTR
        • 2 Years Ago
        @desinerd1
        You idiot. Great Britain is not in America and the majority drive manual transmission.
        aatbloke1967
        • 2 Years Ago
        @desinerd1
        Over 90% of all cars sold in the UK have manual 'boxes. If you pass a driving test in an automatic car, your licence is endorsed restricting you to only drive automatics.
      stephen_dawson
      • 2 Years Ago
      I have been taking slow release morphine for the last few years due to a hip injury and I am now going to be likely to be arrested and charged for a drug that is prescibed by my doctor and given the waring "don't drive if it makes you drowsy." I know it does not effect my driving, and I have not been stopped by the police in the past, but are they expecting me to stop taking my painkillers before I drive....
        WillieD
        • 2 Years Ago
        @stephen_dawson
        If you aren't driving erratically and don't appear impaired then you have nothing to worry about.
      Wojo
      • 2 Years Ago
      What ever happened to failing the good ole' field sobriety test? Fail that, and then you get taken to the station. Never mind they probably don't have that in the UK.
      Steve
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's taken three years but THE Great Britain is finally ready...??? Let me guess, you were going to use UK originally
        Steve
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Steve
        Oh, and: differing penalties for different drugs various, but... Office party last night?
          Tom
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Steve
          Nope, just the ordinary level of AB copy-editing competence.
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