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Pilot course to educate drink drivers on dangers of drug driving

Convicted drink drivers are to receive drug driving education too as research finds a fifth of convicted drug drivers had previously been banned for drink driving.

Police conducting drug driving test

New rules around drug driving and the introduction of easier testing have seen a sharp rise in the number of drivers caught for the offence

The Department for Transport’s pilot scheme will add drug driving education to the existing rehabilitation courses in England and Wales for people convicted of driving while over the alcohol limit.

Andrew Jones, Road Safety Minister, said: “We have some of the safest roads in the world and have introduced tougher penalties for drink and drug driving to make them even safer.

“Getting behind the wheel while under the influence of drugs can have catastrophic results, for drivers and passengers and can ruin families’ lives.

“Educating offenders of the dangers of drug driving will help prevent it in the future.”

Following the introduction of a new rules around drug driving and easier testing in March 2015, around 7,000 drivers have been banned compared to 879 in 2014.

Rob Manfield, outgoing chairman of the Association of Drink Drive Approved Providers of Training, added: “We know that some drink drivers also use drugs. This pilot provides a great opportunity to intervene and educate drink drivers, so when they get their licence back they will have a much greater knowledge of the risks both drink and drugs pose to themselves and other road users.”

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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.