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Driving whilst under the influence of drugs could be catastrophic and, in many cases, is as dangerous as driving whilst drunk, if not more so. If caught the driver could have points added to their licence or have their licence revoked entirely and face prosecution. For a young driver this could be catastrophic to their driving career as well as the cost of their young drivers insurance.
The government Drug Drive website aims to promote awareness around drug-driving and the dangers of getting behind the wheel whilst under their influence.
Apart from the fact that driving whilst drugged up is illegal let's take a quick look at the effects taking drugs can actually have on your driving:
Whilst many people who take cannabis believe they are safer whilst under the influence of the drug as they drive slower this does not mean that they drive well as it can:
Cocaine is known to lead to an increased sense of confidence in the driver and they are more prone to take risks. Essentially cocaine is a highly dangerous drug to take whilst driving as it can lead to:
Ecstasy / MDMA can be equally dangerous to that of cocaine and cannabis use whilst driving. In some cases it can:
Other drugs such as LSD (Acid), Heroin and Ketamine are also known to affect drivers behaviour and can result in:
This article has really only scraped the barrel when it comes to drug driving. To find out more about it and how it could affect you please visit http://drugdrive.direct.gov.uk/.
Remember – stay safe on the road and avoid getting behind the wheel whether you’ve been drinking or taking drugs – it’s just not worth it.
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