TAKING illegal drugs and getting behind the wheel of a car is always a bad idea – because if you don’t cause an accident the legal penalties are severe.
But there are certain legal and prescription drugs that could also lead to motorists being sued in certain circumstances.
What is the drug driving limit in the UK?
The drug driving limit depends on the substance used by the driver and there is a two-pronged approach.
There are eight illegal drugs, for which if a trace is in your blood, you are classified as over the limit.
There are eight other prescription drugs that can affect driving and cause you to exceed the limit.
However, if you are found to be unfit to drive because you have been using substances, you could be prosecuted.
What Prescription Drugs Can You Get Banned?
Obviously, all illegal drugs are prohibited at all times, not just while you are driving.
However, in certain amounts, certain prescription drugs that are perfectly legal to take can make driving illegal.
Taking these drugs without a prescription is prohibited and would be treated the same as taking illegal drugs.
The government website advises you to consult your doctor about whether or not you should drive if you have taken any of the following medications:
- amphetamine, for example dexamphetamine or selegiline
- morphine or opiates and opioid medicines, for example codeine, tramadol or fentanyl
In general, you should be able to drive as long as you follow your doctor’s advice and it does not make you unfit to drive.
But if you’re taking medication, even if it’s only over-the-counter antihistamines, and it makes you too drowsy or unfit to drive, you shouldn’t get behind the wheel.
According to Think! illegal drugs from the government road safety organization can have catastrophic effects on a driver’s abilities.
For example, motorists who use cannabis may think they are safer because they drive slower when they are elevated, but this can also distort the perception of time and distance.
Cocaine users can become overconfident and more likely to take risks while driving, driving more aggressively and faster.
MDMA is even more dangerous than the previously mentioned narcotics because it can distort sound and vision and increase self-confidence.
What is the fine for drug driving?
You can get an unlimited fine for driving with drugs, as well as a ban of at least one year.
You could also get jail time.
Your driver’s license will also show that you have been convicted of drug driving. It will last 11 years.
The penalty for causing death by dangerous driving under the influence of drugs is a prison term of up to 14 years.
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