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 judgment
  • 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:

For more information about the effects of drugs, talk to FRANK on 0800 77 66 00 24. The lines are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and your call is free. Alternatively, visit www.talktofrank.com