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Don't Take Drugs and Drive

Last updated  21 May 2018

Driving whilst taking drugs is dangerous for you and your passengers. It’s also a serious offence to drive whilst under the influence of drugs. The consequences of a drug drive conviction are devastating and far reaching including losing your job, your driving licence, fines and imprisonment.

The Police can now test you for drugs at the roadside.

If you know someone’s taking drugs don’t let them drive as they seriously impair their driving ability in many ways:

• Slower reaction times;
• Erratic and aggressive behaviour;
• Inability to concentrate properly;
• Nausea;
• Hallucinations;
• Panic attacks;
• Paranoia;
• Tremors (or the shakes);
• Dizziness and fatigue.

Even prescription and over the counter medicines can affect your driving – be sure that you check that you are safe to drive when taking any new medication.

Police Officers can easily spot the signs of drug driving and will conduct appropriate tests. Drug driving is as unacceptable as drink driving and the penalties following a conviction are the same:

• A minimum of 12 month driving ban;
• A criminal record;
• A fine of up to £5000.

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