Drug-driving is now a major factor in many road crashes and is a serious issue amongst young drivers.
Drugs, illegal or prescribed
- Distort coordination and judgement
- Affect your concentration
- Slow your reactions
- Lead you to take more risks
The consequences of drug-driving
- If caught driving under the influence of drugs you could face up to six months in prison, a fine of up to £5,000 and a minimum one year ban from driving.
- The penalties are the same if you are caught drug-driving, regardless of whether the drugs you have taken are legal or illegal.
- Drug drivers are more likely to die in a crash as drugs increase vulnerability.
North Yorkshire Police are tackling drug-driving in the county head on. They are now able to carry out roadside tests to determine whether a driver is under the influence of drugs and can take you to the station to carry out further tests. Some drugs can even be traced over a month after taking them.
The effects of different drugs on behaviour:
In April 2015 the laws on drug driving changed. Limits are set at low levels for eight illegal drugs including cannabis and cocaine. This legislation makes it easier for the police to catch and convict drug drivers. Convicted drug drivers face a minimum one year driving ban, a criminal record and a heavy fine. Some medicines are also included in the legislation. However, if you are taking medicines as directed and your driving is not impaired, then you are not breaking the law. For more information visit gov.uk/drug-driving-law or click the picture below.