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Police Report

New 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 limits offence.
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: www.legislation.gov.uk/ssi/2019/83/regulation/2/made


Recent Incidents
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. (CR/28346/19)

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
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Police Scotland – local community
Telephone 101 for non-emergencies

Community officers for Kinross-shire:
PC Ben Clark and PC Matthew Ross..
Email: taysidekinross-shireCPT@scotland.pnn.police.uk
Community Sergeant (Kinross-shire): Sgt Michelle Burns.
Community Inspector for Perth South (Strathearn, Strathallan, Almond & Earn, Kinross-shire):
PI Katrina Thompson.


Ways of following the Police:
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