A campaign has been launched to help raise awareness of new drug-drive laws in Scotland, which came into effect earlier this month.
On 21 October, Scotland adopted a ‘zero tolerance approach’ to the eight drugs most associated with illegal use – including cocaine, cannabis and ecstasy – with limits set at a level where any claims of accidental exposure can be ruled out.
Under the new laws, other drugs associated with medical use have limits based on impairment and road safety risk.
A new testing regime has also came into effect, allowing officers to carry out roadside drug testing using ‘mouth swabs’ for any motorist they suspect of drug driving, or who has been involved in a collision.
To raise awareness of the changes, a new adaptation of the #DriveSmart campaign has been launched with the addition of a drug drive element.
The Scottish Government and Road Safety Scotland campaign, launched in May, encourages young male drivers to ‘imagine Gran is in the car’ to prevent them from slipping into bad and dangerous habits.
The new drug driving advert, which is running across multiple platforms, continues in a similar vein, with ‘gran’ popping out from the toilet while her grandson is taking drugs in the cubicle.
She then launches a foul-mouthed rant – reminding the grandson that he is the designated driver.
Since its launch on 17 October, the video has been viewed more than 65,000 times.