"Drug Driving is a Menace" - Brake
Around 3% of drivers
surveyed by Brake, the road safety charity, and Direct Line have admitted to getting behind the wheel and driving under the influence of illegal substances
in the past 12 months.
Approximately 2% of those drivers admitted to being under the influence of cocaine
, a class A drug known for increasing the user's ability to take risks and make arrogant, over-confident decisions.
Would You Stop a Friend Drug Driving?
A startling 1 in 9 people thought they might have been in the car whilst someone under the influence
of drugs was driving, a much larger proportion than those who admitted to driving under the influence. Drug driving not only affects the driver, but the passenger and other road users if an accident occurs
. Worryingly, 29%
of these passengers said they might not stop a friend driving
if they were under the influence of drugs with a further quarter saying they would only stop a friend if their ability to drive was obviously impaired.
More common were those who have driven with friends under the influence were young males aged between 18 and 24. Unfortunately, for this group, they are a double risk as they are often young new drivers
This is all very important information when it comes to tackling drug driving. Especially, when the government have announced for the first time drug driving limits to be introduced in March 2015
. According to the Department for Transport, around 200 deaths a year are caused by drug drivers
on our roads devastating the lives of families and friends.
Take Legal Action against Drug Drivers
The most common drug found in the system of drivers seems to be cannabis, which has a negative effect on reaction times and coordination
on the road. It also lessens the concentration and makes drivers drowsy, putting them at risk of falling asleep at the wheel, particularly when making long journeys like motorway driving. Cannabis along with cocaine will be tested for at the road side
by police officers but other substances will need to be tested at the police station.
Both drink and drug driving are dangerous and irresponsible, illegal activities. These new laws are the government's attempt to tackle the taking of illegal drugs
and the abuse of drugs that are given for medicinal purposes.
If the driver that hit you was driving erratically or irresponsibly
, they may have been under the influence of either drink or drugs. If this is the case, the accident may not have been your fault and you should consider taking legal advice on the issue.