Sheffield teenager banned from driving over cocaine use

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A Sheffield teenager has become the first in the county to be prosecuted under new drug driving laws.

Elliott Greaves, aged 18, was arrested on High Street, Beighton, Sheffield, in March - four days after new drug driving legislation was introduced by the Government

Greaves, of Lundwood Grove, Owlthorpe, was screened at the roadside and tested positive for having cocaine in his system.

A blood test established that he was three times over the drug driving limit.

He admitted the offence at Sheffield Magistrates’ Court, was fined £200 and was banned from driving for 20 months.

Chief Inspector Glen Suttenwood, of South Yorkshire Police’s road policing unit said: “The thoughtless and potentially dangerous actions of this young man have resulted in his driving disqualification, ironically for a longer period than he has even held his driving licence.

“I’m sure he will undoubtedly regret his decision to drive that night with an illegal drug in his system, and I can only hope Greaves, as well as others who choose to break the law, now realise that driving while impaired through drugs has serious consequences.

“We are committed in leading the way to make sure South Yorkshire’s roads are safe for all road users and pedestrians, and we will continue to reinforce the message that drug driving, as well as drink driving, will not be accepted or tolerated in our county.”