THINK! Drug Driving Campaign

  • Published: Department for Transport (2009)
  • Authors: Department for Transport
  • Date Added: 22 Dec 2013
  • Last Update: 22 Dec 2013
  • Format: html

Objectives

Provide information on the drug driving associated with the THINK! campaign

Methodology

Provides information on the following sections:

  • Is drug driving against the law?

  • Do drugs impair your driving?

  • Can the police spot a drug driver?

  • Can the police test for drugs?

  • What will happen if you get caught?

  • What about illegal drugs?

Key Findings

  • Road Traffic Act 1988 – motor vehicles: drink and drugs.

  • Drug drivers may have slower reaction times, erratic and aggressive behaviours, an inability to concentrate properly, nausea, hallucinations, panic attacks, paranoia, tremors, dizziness and fatigue.

  • Whilst drugs are wearing off, the driver may feel fatigued and this could influence their concentration.

  • Police undertake a Field Impairment Assessment to spot and test drug drivers.

  • Consequences of a drug drive conviction are the same for drink driving. Drivers will receive a minimum 12-month driving ban, a criminal record and a fine up to £5000.

  • It is an offence to drive or attempt to drive while unfit through drugs.

  • It is the driver’s responsibility to ensure they are safe to drive when they are taking medicine.

  • Healthcare professionals prescribing or dispensing medicines need to consider whether the patient is at risk taking the medication and driving.

Keywords

Think!, campaign, drug driving, law, impairment, police

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