Roads Policing Conference: Andrew Jones MP announces further funding to tackle drug driving

28 January 2016

Roads Police

Andew Jones MP, Under Secretary of State for Transport, announced further funding for blood analysis from drug driving suspects at the launch of this year’s PFEW/NPCC Roads Policing Conference, sponsored by MIB. The drug driving offence came into force in March of last year and forces have seen a four-fold increase in convictions.

Mr Jones emphasised the need for tough action on the ‘fatal four’ – drink, drugs, mobile phones, speeding – and thanked roads police for the vital job they do. “I know that obtaining drug convictions is more expensive than drink driving convictions. But it has far wider benefits,” said Mr Jones.

“Twenty percent of drug drivers have previously been found guilty of drink driving. Twenty-five percent are serial offenders with more than 15 other convictions. And 70% have previously been convicted for other offences. So, catching drug drivers is an important way of combating and disrupting wider criminal behaviour – it provides good crime fighting value for money.”
     
See Andrew Jones' full speech

With the focus on the future of roads policing, the minister’s address kicked off two days of speakers and debates involving almost 200 delegates - the biggest ever Roads Policing Conference to date. Jayne Willetts, the PFEW’s Roads Policing lead, said: “This conference is an important opportunity for policing professionals to interact and develop their knowledge and awareness at both an operational and strategic level.”

Chief Constable Suzette Davenport, national lead for Roads Policing, said: “It’s been a busy 2015, with a new government roads strategy, new legislation and capacity reviews. With that, we’ve also seen many successful campaigns which have had positive impacts and continue to help keep our roads safe.”

This evening, the Irwin Mitchell Outstanding Contribution to Roads Policing Award will be handed out. The award is a chance to highlight some of the fantastic work done by officers working in the roads policing field.  Details of those winners will be available on our news page following the event.

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