Eight men arrested in Sussex under new drug-driving law

Drug Driving analysing device to be used by Police (Pic by Jon Rigby)
Drug Driving analysing device to be used by Police (Pic by Jon Rigby)

Eight men in Sussex have been arrested by police after the introduction of new drug-driving legislation which came in on March 2.

Each of the men was stopped and tested using new roadside equipment that indicates whether a motorist has taken cannabis or cocaine, using a swab from inside the driver’s mouth.

Legislation that came into force on March 2 set legal limits for how much of a substance - both illegal drugs and prescription medication - motorists can have in their system while driving.

Officers no longer need to prove that a motorist is fit to drive - just that the motorist has an illegal level of drugs in their system while driving.

And one of the first men to be arrested under the new law, was a 25-year-old man from Hailsham. He was arrested at 5.45pm on March 6 after he was stopped in Church Lane, Hellingly. He was released on bail until April 27.

Inspector Stewart Goodwin, of Surrey and Sussex roads policing unit, said, “The fact that we have made eight arrests because of the new legislation and equipment in just a week shows how much of difference the change in the law will make.

“People who take drugs and get behind the wheel can have slower reaction times, struggle to concentrate and can behave more erratically on the roads, putting both themselves and other people in danger.

“We will not tolerate drug-driving and would urge anyone who thinks they know someone who is driving after taking drugs to contact us urgently so that we can act.”

People in Sussex can text officers on 65999 with the details of people they suspect of drink or drug driving or visit www.operationcrackdown.co.uk.

You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

To keep up to date with officers looking for drug drivers, follow #opdragonfly on Twitter.

If you know someone is driving while over the limit or after taking drugs call 999.