In 2014, Scotland introduced stricter rules regarding driving under the influence of alcohol, making Scottish laws relating to this offence the toughest within the UK. Following this, the rules regarding driving under the influence of drugs are also set to change in 2019, with roadside testing proposed, as well as set limits for specified drugs. This means that it will no longer need to be proven that an individual was impaired by drugs while driving. Instead, it will need to be shown that, similar to the prescribed legal alcohol limit, a driver was over the legal limit for that particular type of drug.
What is the law on drug driving in Scotland?
Section 4(1)(a) of the Road Traffic Act 1988 outlines that it is an offence to drive or attempt to drive a motor vehicle on a road or other public place while unfit through drink or drugs.
If found guilty of driving while under the influence of drugs (this includes prescription drugs) you could face a custodial sentence and at the very least will face a minimum 12-month driving ban.
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