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Over the past five years, arrests of drug users have nearly tripled, with Merseyside leading the way in a survey of 20 police departments across the UK.
In the first six months of 2019, nearly 7,500 drivers were arrested, compared with 2,565 arrested throughout 2015. Adrian Flux has found.
The police in Merseyside have already detained more than 1,100 people in the first six months of 2019, compared to 106 people who used to drink alcohol during the same period.
* All values are correct until 31st of July
Other districts that have experienced a dramatic increase in drug use over the last five years are: Cheshire, Dorset, Surrey, and Norfolk, which round off the top 5 of the 20 constabularies that provided data.
In March 2015, new legislation came into force regulating statutory driving restrictions for prescription drugs. This has resulted in a significant number of drivers being arrested while other drivers have been caught driving cannabis and cocaine in their systems, among other things.
If there is any suspicion that the police are taking drugs, drivers will be asked to carry out a road test that will allow officials to look for traces of cannabis and cocaine in their systems. Drivers will also be forced to make an assessment of on-site impairment to test sobriety by performing a task such as walking in a straight line.
Motorists are arrested if officials deem them unfit for use because they have taken drugs, and then have to do a blood or urine examination at the nearest police station.
Drivers convicted of drug abuse face up to six months imprisonment, a permanent fine, a one-year driving ban and a criminal record.
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