Commenting on the Criminal Justice System statistics released yesterday which shows the number of people sent to court for driving under the influence of drugs has doubled, Jack Cousens, head of roads policy for the AA says; “Drug-driving has all the hallmarks of a hidden epidemic. More than one in 20 (7%) adults admit to taking cannabis, of which a third (34%) say they do so on a regularly basis.
“Getting behind the wheel while under the influence of drugs can be fatal, so we need to stamp it out.
“Drug-driving cases are at an all-time high. Recreational drug use is on the increase, and while users may think they are ok to drive, their reactions and awareness can be severely impaired.
“While drink-driving is seen as socially unacceptable, we need to see the same applied to drug-driving. Targeted road safety campaigns, coupled with better education on the consequences of drug-driving could make a big difference.”
Commenting on the reduction of people sent to court for car thefts, Cousens comments; “While the numbers of reported car thefts to police forces have increased, the number of people in the dock has reduced.
“The reduction in police officers has perhaps meant that, unless there is sufficient supporting evidence like CCTV, then car thefts may fall down the priority list, or not be investigated at all.
“With only half of cases ending in conviction, it shows the issues faced by officers to build a solid case which produces a guilty verdict.”