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60% of people don’t know the drug driving law

Because it's festival season, we've been giving out festival survival kits - and some tips to help everyone stay safe and happy over their weekend.

Part of that was some tips on drink and drug driving. Alongside the guidelines on drink driving limits and what the penalty is for drug driving, we thought we'd do a Twitter poll to see how much people actually know about the law.

Nearly 500 people took the poll and 60% got the wrong answer.

Do you know the law?

Since March 2015, police have had new drug drive limits to convict against.

Although driving impaired by drugs has always been illegal, there are now specific limits that let police convict for drug driving even if driving wasn't impaired.

60% of people don't know the law

Police across the UK can now also test drivers for cannabis and cocaine with a saliva swab at the side of the road. Other drugs need a blood or urine test, which will be done at a police station.

31% of people who answered our poll thought police would test for drugs with a breathalyser. Make sure you know the law.

What's the big deal?

If you're someone who'd never drink and drive but thinks they're fine after a joint, read up on how long drugs stay in your system.

Whether you think you're driving OK or not, you can be caught and you have a 95% chance of being prosecuted if you are.

Do you know the consequences of being caught drug driving?


Honor Clement-Hayes

By Honor Clement-Hayes

Honor joined ingenie in 2014 and is in charge of words on the Young Driver's Guide and blog. Her first car is a Peugeot 206 cabriolet, which is a very sensible choice for the British climate. Follow her on .

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ingenie is a car insurance brand for young drivers aged 17-25. We fit a black box in your car to assess your driving style. We'll review your policy 3 times a year and those who drive well could receive a discount.

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