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Drug Driving Law: What Are The Facts?

Jan 13 2022 | Criminal Law

by Jamie Pellman

by Jamie Pellman

Head of Criminal Defence

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What does the law say about illegal drugs?

Any trace of illegal drugs in your system whilst driving can lead to a drug driving accusation. This can create difficult matters as drugs often stay in the body for several days after use.

The legal cut-off levels for illegal drugs are as follows:

  • Cocaine (or Benzoylecgonine) – 10 micrograms per litre
  • Cannabis – 2 micrograms per litre
  • LSD – 1 micrograms per litre
  • Ketamine – 20 micrograms per litre
  • MDMA, ecstasy and crystal meth – 10 micrograms per litre
  • Heroin – 5 micrograms per litre

The legal limits for drug driving are set just above zero to account for ‘accidental exposure.’

What is accidental exposure?

‘Accidental exposure’ is like passive smoking, whereby smokable drugs such as cannabis, can enter the system due accidentally. If you are the driver of a vehicle and the passenger is smoking cannabis, this could cause you to exceed the legal level of cannabis in your system.

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