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legislation around drug driving
On Monday 21 October a major legislative change was introduced with
the introduction of roadside drug driving tests. While there has always
been legislation contained within the Road Traffic Act 1988 concerning
a person’s fitness to drive, the new legislation creates a specific
The new regulations specify 17 drugs, some illegal, some medicinal,
each with a specified limit. Illegal drugs have limits set very close
to zero but high enough to ensure that accidental contact can be ruled
out. A driver who exceeds those limits, regardless of their fitness
to drive, commits an offence under the new legislation.
Roadside screening tests will be carried by officers that will target
users of the 2 most common illegal drugs; cannabis and cocaine. Analysis
shows those two drugs were found in the vast majority of bloods analysed
in drivers that were unfit to drive.
Any person taking medication in line with a prescription can claim
a medical offence unless it is indicated that they should not drive
whilst taking the medication. Obviously, they could also still be
prosecuted under the existing impairment offence.
The penalties for committing an offence are the same as the current
unfit to drive legislation. That is a minimum 12 month driving ban,
up to 6 months in prison and a fine of up to £5000.
To find out more information about the drugs involved please visit:
Between Sunday 13 and Tuesday 15 October a green Fiat motor car was
scratched in St Serfs Place, Crook of Devon. (CR/27715/19)
Overnight on Tuesday 15 October in Whyte Place, Milnathort a black
motorcycle was vandalised. (CR/27787/19)
Over the weekend of Friday 18 October there were break-ins to 3 properties
in Bridge of Earn and Kinross. A quantity of gardening machinery was
stolen including a lawn mower, a leaf blower and a pressure washer.
Between 9.45pm, Monday 21 October and 6.30pm, Tuesday 22 October,
white paint was thrown over a fence and path at a property in High
Street, Kinross. (CR/28367/19)
Anyone with any information that may be useful should contact
Tayside Division on 101 or any police officer, quoting the crime reference
number listed at each incident. Alternatively, information can be
passed anonymously via the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Police Scotland – local community
Telephone 101 for non-emergencies
Police Scotland –
Telephone 101 for non-emergencies
Community officers for Kinross-shire:
Clark and PC Matthew Ross..
Community Sergeant (Kinross-shire): Sgt Michelle Burns.
Community Inspector for Perth South (Strathearn, Strathallan, Almond
& Earn, Kinross-shire): PI
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