The Department for Transport cited figures from Cheshire Police that showed arrest were up 800% to 530 from 70 in the previous year. Legalisation was brought in covering legal driving limits for 17 illegal & prescription drugs on the 2nd of March 2015. Police forces have been given an extra £1m to train officers, purchase drug screening equipment and pay for samples to be analysed as a result of the new law.
The AA found that 88% of 26,000surveyed motorists supported the clampdown against drug-drivers. According to Neil Greig, of the Institute of Advanced Motorists, the new law was “one of the most successful road safety measures in the last 10 years”.
Motorists convicted of driving while under the influence could see the cost of their car insurance premiums rise by as much as 78%. Worse still, they may have difficulty insuring themselves in the future.