Driving under Influence: Drugs

Department for Transport written question – answered at on 13 June 2022.

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Photo of Matthew Offord Matthew Offord Conservative, Hendon

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many motorists have been convicted for being under the influence of illegal drugs whilst driving since 2015.

Photo of Trudy Harrison Trudy Harrison Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

In 2015 the Government brought in an offence under Section 5A of the Road Traffic Act 1988 of driving, attempting to drive or being in charge of a motor vehicle with a specified controlled drug in the blood or urine in excess of the specified limit for that drug.

The Ministry of Justice maintains the statistics of convictions for offences.

I note the following convictions for this offence of drug driving:

2015 - 1,466

2016 - 5,170

2017 - 5,465

2018 - 10,325

2019 - 12,296

2020 - 13,869

Criminal justice statistics quarterly - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

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