The Scottish Government has been urged to introduce a zero-tolerance policy for drug driving on the nation’s roads.
A recent report from the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service (SCTS) has recommended changes to the summary criminal court procedure.
From 1st March 2017, drivers who are convicted of using their mobile phone while driving will receive 6 points on their licence. This means that the penalty has doubled and has serious implications for drivers, particularly newly qualified drivers who will lose their licence if caught using a mobile phone at the wheel within 2 years of passing their test.
Police Scotland has been running a new campaign to raise awareness of the increased penalties coming into force on 1st March for drivers caught using a mobile phone while driving.
The UK Government has announced its intention to introduce legislation that will make it a criminal offence to shine a laser at any transport operator. This would mean that anyone shining a laser pen to distract pilots, train and bus drivers could face fines of thousands of pounds or a jail sentence.