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The laws regarding driving and drugs 08/01/16


Driving a vehicle under the influence of illegal and also some legal prescription drugs can seriously impair your ability to drive your vehicle safely. It is also illegal.

Rule 96 of the Highway code states "You MUST NOT drive under the influence of drugs or medicine. For medicines, check with your doctor or pharmacist and do not drive if you are advised that you may be impaired."

Illegal drugs can have unpredictable effects on your ability to drive and can lead to serious or even fatal road accidents. For this reason the specified limits are very low and they should not be taken under any circumstances.

The limits for legal prescription medicines will vary according to the medicine taken. If you are in any doubt about a medicine you have been prescribed you should consult your doctor for specific advice.

Drugs can affect you in the following ways:

  • Slow reaction times

  • Poor concentration

  • Blurred vision

  • Panic attacks

  • Paranoia

Anyone found guilty of driving under the influence of drugs can suffer the same penalties as someone caught drink driving. The penalties are:

  • A lengthy driving ban

  • A £5000 fine

  • A criminal record

If a driver causes a fatality whilst under the influence of drugs or alcohol and found guilty, they could go to prison for up to 14 years.

All content is believed to be correct at time of publication.
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