Are the magistrates sentencing guidelines in relation to drink-driving offences comparable to the type of sentence that you would get for drug driving?
Maybe. At the moment there are no formal sentencing guidelines in relation to drug driving offences and therefore the magistrates may try to apply their guidelines for drink-driving offences to drug driving offences. This would be wrong. We’ve heard from a number of pharmacologist who state that the level of ‘intoxication/impairment’ is not comparable.
Therefore being twice the legal limit in alcohol is not the same as being twice the legal limit in cannabis in terms of intoxication/impairment. You also have to remember that the drug driving limits are set at zero tolerance, whereas the drink-driving levels are not. There is clearly a level of tolerance in relation to drink-driving as the current legislation stands.