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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-06942: Annie Wells (Glasgow)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 7 February 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to tackle drug-related driving offences in light of statistics published in the Forensic Science International journal, which indicate that drug-driving kills as many motorists as drink-driving in Scotland.

Answered by: Michael Matheson 2 March 2017

The Scottish Government prioritised lowering the drink-driving limit in 2014 as evidence showed such a policy could help save lives. Scotland has long standing legislation used by Police Scotland, prosecutors and our courts that makes it an offence to drive while being impaired due to drugs.

We are considering very carefully whether evidence shows that specific drug driving limits should be introduced in Scotland and this consideration will include evaluation of the evidence of the impact of drug driving limits that have been introduced in England and Wales.