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Driver involved in two accidents in 24 hours

Police in Kingsbridge say a driver has been involved in two separate accidents this weekend, the latest in the early hours of this morning, and have issued a warning about drug driving.

A spokesperson said: "In the early hours of Saturday morning Police attended a damage-only RTC on the A381 by Torr Quarry. The driver of the white Seat motor vehicle miraculously received no injuries but wrote off the vehicle.

"In the early hours of today, Police and Ambulance have attended an RTC at Kitterford Cross, Ugborough on the A3121. The same driver of this RTC was the same driver of yesterdays RTC. He was taken to Derriford Hospital where he remains. The vehicle was written off and very badly damaged.

"A sample of blood has been taken from the male to investigate if he has driven whilst under the influence of drugs. This was provided voluntarily and he has not been arrested.

"There is a legal limit for drug use when driving. This applies to drugs for medical use, and illicit use. When making these laws, the Government decided on an almost zero tolerance approach to illegal drugs.

"It is a criminal offence to drive, attempt to drive or be in charge of a motor vehicle on a road or other public place with a specified controlled drug in a persons body, while the proportion of that specified controlled drug exceeds the maximun legal limit for that particular drug.

"So, if you drive with heroin, ecstasy, crystal meth, LSD, ketamine, cannabis, cocaine or benzoylecgonine in your system then you could leave yourself liable to prosecution. There is also a list of legal drugs which you could be over the limit with too.

"Police have the ability to swab a persons mouth at the roadside and test for drugs, like a breathalyser tests for alcohol.

"Drug driving should be as socially unacceptable as drink driving."

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