New drug driving laws come into force in Scotland
New drug driving laws will be coming into force in Scotland next week. The new legislation sees a zero-tolerance approach to the eight drugs most associated with illegal use, including cannabis, heroin and cocaine. Drugs associated with medical use will have limits based on impairment and road safety. Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf has welcomed Police Scotland’s preparations for the introduction of roadside drug tests on Monday October 21. Mr Yousaf said: “Driving a vehicle while under the influence of drugs is simply not acceptable. The consequences of causing a collision while under the influence can be devastating.
‘We can’t arrest our way out of this’: Cops take health approach to deal with addicts
“We can’t arrest our way out of this,” says Superintendent Gary I’Anson, who is leading an intensive, campaign to tackle soaring numbers of drug deaths in Glasgow. He says Police Scotland recognised a new approach was necessary after figures emerged earlier this year showing the city had experienced a 45% surge in deaths. A total of 280 lives were lost to substance abuse in 2018, compared to 192 in 2017 and 94 in 2010. Disrupting street dealing is only one part of a series of ‘days of action’ involving uniformed and plain clothed officers patrolling known trouble spots in the Calton, Gallowgate City Centre and Dennistoun areas.
Shock rise in cases dropped over delays by police
LEGAL experts have hit out at a “disturbing” increase in the number of criminal cases being dropped due to delays by the police. Official figures show Police Scotland filed more than 700 reports outwith statutory time limits last year, leaving prosecutors with no choice but to scrap proceedings. This is more than double the number seen in 2014/15 and the highest level of out-of-time cases in a five-year period. The Crown Office data also shows a further 1,700 cases were abandoned in 2018/19 due to other delays by the police or reporting agencies – an increase of almost 20% on 2014/15.
Police Scotland officers drafted to London to assist with Extinction Rebellion protests
Up to 100 police officers are being deployed from Scotland to London to assist with the Extinction Rebellion protests. The public order officers will work with colleagues in the Metropolitan Police responding to the climate change demonstrations. They will be deployed from early next week after Police Scotland Chief Constable Iain Livingstone approved the request from the National Police Co-ordination Centre on behalf of the Met. Met Police chief Cressida Dick said on Friday the force has been “stretched” by the protests, impeding its ability to respond to other crimes.