Hertfordshire Police have revealed there were 23 serious and fatal drug crashes in the county last year.
The force is warning motorists not to drive under the influence as it supports a nationwide drug and driving campaign starting today (Monday).
Drug addicts are twice as likely to be involved in an accident and five times as likely to kill someone, officers said.
They also warned that drugs stay in the system longer than alcohol, meaning motorists can test positive days later and are more likely to be taken.
Chief Inspector Stephen O’Keeffe, Head of the Tri-Force Road Police Unit, said: “Driving under the influence of drugs is extremely dangerous.
“They affect people in various ways, all of which alter the way you think, act and react.
“The consequences of this can be devastating when you are supposed to control a moving vehicle. ”
He added that anyone who appears to be driving erratically will be stopped by officers and if a drug test is refused or is found to be positive, they will take further action.
The penalties include a criminal record, a 12-month driving ban, an unlimited fine and jail time.
“Drug driving is a serious crime that destroys lives,” he continued.
“If you are found guilty you face a hefty fine as well as the possibility of a driving ban or jail time, not to mention the risk of losing your job.”
To report a drug driving incident, call 101 or 999 in an emergency.
Anyone who uses drugs is encouraged to seek advice and support from the FRANK charity.
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This notice was published: 2021-08-17 06:00:00