Police have been issued with roadside drug testing kits to see if you have high levels of either cannabis or cocaine in your blood there and then, while those suspected of having high levels of other substances will have to go to a police station for more tests.
If you’re caught, you could face a minimum 12-month driving ban, up to six months in prison, an unlimited fine and a criminal record, not to mention the impact it will have on your insurance premiums.
When facing a conviction like this, we’re sure that the last thing on your mind is your insurance policy. But with this on your record, your premium could well increase. If you do have a conviction, you must notify your insurer and if you have a driving ban, it might be a good idea to cancel your insurance and SORN your vehicle if it is to be kept off the road.
Once you’re back in the driving seat, you may find that some insurers will not offer you cover, as many of the household names refuse to insure those with drug driving convictions. However, there are a number of specialist insurers who could provide you with cover. It may be the case though, that you have to accept that it’s probably going to cost you a lot more than it did before.