Driving ban for man three and half times the permitted drug limit

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Being banned from driving after being caught with three and half times the permitted level of drugs in his bloodstream, would have a ‘devastating impact on the livelihood’ of a Cowbit man, a court has been told.

James Atkin (23), of Barrier Bank, admitted driving with seven micrograms per litre of cannabis in his blood, when he appeared at Boston Magistrates Court.

Jim Clare, prosecuting, said Atkin was stopped in the late evening of January 26 and because he smelt of cannabis, he was given a blood test which revealed he was three and a half times over the permitted level of two micrograms.

In mitigation, Anita Toal said the conviction would have a ‘devastating impact of his livelihood’ as he was a self employed construction worker and needed to be able to drive to jobs.

She said he was a long term cannabis user, using around £30 worth every week, and believed it helped him to combat anxiety.

She said he had now stopped using it and although he had been stopped and checked by the police five times since this incident, he had tested negative every time.

Atkin was fined £300 and ordered to pay £115 in costs and charges. He was banned from driving for 15 months.