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In March 2015, the Government introduced a new offence of drug driving to work alongside the offence of drink driving. The premise behind the new offence was to specify driving limits for both specified illegal drugs as well as prescription medication.
Instead of a breathalyser, the suspected motorist would have to undergo a swab type test to determine whether they had used the drugs. This initial swab test is to detect for cannabis and cocaine. In the event that the driver failed the swab test, they are then then taken into custody for a blood test.
In creating this drug driving offence, the Home Office stated that a zero limit for illegal drugs would penalise those people who innocently came into contact with drugs, such as inhaling cannabis smoke unknowingly in a public area, or for having small traces of the drug in their system long after the drug is used.