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Drivers fall foul of tougher approach to drug-driving

Almost 25,000 motorists in England and Wales have been caught for drug-driving in the three years since new legislation was introduced.

Police officer testing for drug driving

The figures suggest around 43% of the drug-driving tests are positive.

Figures obtained by the BBC from 40 police forces showed 8,336 drivers tested positive for cannabis and 3,064 for cocaine between March 2015 – when the law came into effect – and January 2018.

According to the figures obtained by the BBC through Freedom of Information requests, Cheshire Police carried out the most drug-driving tests, 4,491. Of those tests, 2,377 were positive.

The Metropolitan Police recorded 3,254 positive tests, Essex 1,857, West Mercia 1,704 and Merseyside 1,517.

Analysis of the data suggests about 43% of tests are positive.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.