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Drug driving 

 

Taking drugs will impair your driving skills. Driving under the influence of drugs is extremely dangerous and can affect driving in numerous ways:

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

It is every driver’s responsibility to make sure they are safe to drive. Prescription and over the counter medicines should always be taken properly – be sure that you check that you are safe to drive when taking any new medication.

Police Officers are easily able to recognise and identify the signs of drug impairment in drivers and can 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

For further road safety information, go to Think! Road Safety website www.youtube.com/thinkuk