The Department for Transport has announced that it is to establish an expert panel to examine the technical aspects of introducing specific legislation on drug driving.
Under current laws police have the responsibility of proving that someone has been impaired by taking illegal drugs rather than simply that they have taken them, and the government says that it wants to make drug-driving as serious an issue as drink-driving.
Academic and scientific experts will be assembled in the spring to examine how such an offence could be defined and what levels might be set within the legislation. The group will also look at whether drivers could test positive for certain illegal drugs through legitimately prescribed means and the interaction between alcohol and drugs.
Road safety minister Mike Penning said: “Britain has some of the safest roads in the world but we know how important it is to tackle the menace of drug driving. That is why we are putting together a panel of experts to give us advice on the technical aspects of introducing a new offence of driving with an illegal drug in your body.”