Drug Driving Limits to be Introduced in Scotland after Local MSP Campaign

Stuart McMillan MSP has praised the Scottish Government after it was revealed that plans were underway to introduce drug-driving limits and roadside testing to Scotland – which has been a campaign issue for the Greenock and Inverclyde MSP.

Stuart wrote to Justice Secretary Michael Matheson in June 2016 to ask whether the Scottish Government would consider introducing a drug driving limit in Scotland.

Currently in Scotland, it is illegal to drive if impaired by drugs – whether they are prescription drugs or illegal substances like cocaine.

But under the changes, there would be specific limits for certain drugs – as there is with alcohol – and a zero tolerance approach to others.

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In February 2017, Stuart raised the issue at First Minister’s Questions in the Scottish Parliament.

He asked:

“Drug-driving limits were introduced in England and Wales in 2015 and that an evaluation of the impact of those limits is likely to be published in the next few months.

“Will the Scottish Government look at the evaluation and the impact that the limits have had? Will the First Minister consider fully introducing further legislation in Scotland, if it is deemed appropriate to do so?”

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon replied:

“Yes, we will. [Stuart McMillan] raises an important point. The Scottish Government is absolutely committed to making our roads safer based on the evidence of what works. Indeed, in 2014, we prioritised legislation to lower the drink-drive limit as evidence showed that lives would be saved by doing that.

“We will study carefully the available evidence showing the impact that drug-driving limits have had since they were introduced in England and Wales with a view to considering whether legislation should be introduced to establish such limits here. If the evidence shows that that has been successful and that lives can be saved, we would not hesitate to legislate here.”

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