As of today, 2nd March 2015, new drug driving laws will take effect. The new laws are being brought in to catch motorists who drive while unfit through using drugs and therefore risk other people’s lives.

People who are taking prescription medication are being urged to check with their doctor or pharmacist that they are safe to drive before getting behind the wheel. The new laws, though, are predominantly aimed at people using illegal drugs or abusing prescription drugs.

New limits at lower levels have been defined for a number of illegal drugs, such as cocaine, cannabis and MDMA.

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New limits are being set for several illegal drugs, including cannabis.

New limits have also been set for several prescription drugs such as diazepam, methadone and morphine. These limits, though, are set higher than the doses that are usually prescribed by doctors. This means that people taking these drugs as advised by their doctor will usually be okay to drive as long as their driving is not impaired.

Drug driving offences carry severe consquences and you could find yourself in serious trouble if convicted. You will face a mandatory driving ban of at least 12 months, a fine of upto £5,000, up to a 12 month prison sentence and a criminal record. Your driver’s license will also be endorsed to show the offence you have committed.

Convictions And Car Insurance

A drug driving conviction will result in a major increase in the cost of your car insurance. Many insurance companies will outright refuse to offer insurance for convicted drivers as they are seen as a high risk driver that is more likely to claim on their insurance.

It is not uncommon for convicted driver insurance to cost twice as much, or more, as standard car insurance. It’s important to shop around when you are looking for insurance for convicted drivers to make sure that you are getting a fair deal and not being exploited for your past mistakes.

If you are looking for car insurance for convicted drug drivers then use our quote form to receive quotations from several leading drug driver insurance specialists.