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Drug Driving

Drugs can affect a driver’s behaviour in many different ways, which include confusion and slower reaction times. The effects could last for hours or even days.

National research has shown that 21% of drivers have driven whilst under the influence of an illegal drug.

Driving under the influence of drugs – whether prescribed medication, over the counter medicines or illegal substances- is just as dangerous as driving under the influence of alcohol. It’s also against the law.

How drugs affect your driving:

  • Slower reaction times
  • Poor concentration
  • Sleepiness
  • Confusion
  • Distorted perception
  • Over confidence, causing you to take unnecessary risks
  • Impaired co-ordination
  • Erratic behaviour
  • Sickness
  • Hallucinations
  • Blurred vision/enlarged pupils
  • Aggression
  • Paranoia and panic attacks
  • Tremors
  • Dizziness
  • Cramps

The Police can carry out roadside tests of impairment to help them decide whether to arrest you if they think you are unfit to drive through drugs.

The penalties are the same as drink driving. You could face a minimum one year driving ban, a fine of up to £5000 or six months in prison.