New legislation came into force in March 2015 which sets legal limits for how much of a substance – both illegal drugs and prescription medications motorists can have in their system whilst driving. A new device now allows officers to test at the roadside using a swab from inside the driver’s mouth, to see if a motorist has taken cannabis or cocaine.
Driving whilst under the influence of drugs is an offense – and carries a minimum one-year driving ban and a fine of up to £5000 or a prison sentence.
Anyone with information regarding individuals who are believed to drive whilst over the legal limit or under the influence of drugs, can contact South Wales Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Don’t take Drugs and Drive – never take the risk
Taking drugs will dramatically impair your driving skills. Driving whilst under the influence of drugs is extremely dangerous and can affect driving in numerous ways.
- Drugs slow drivers reaction times
- Cause erratic and aggressive behaviour
- Affect driver’s ability to concentrate properly.
Other affects include nausea, hallucinations, panic attacks, paranoia, tremors (or shakes) dizziness and fatigue.
Driving whilst under the influence of drugs is a crime; the consequences could be fatal for both driver, passengers and innocent road users.
Don’t take Drugs and Drive – never take the risk!
Drug driving is as unacceptable as drink driving and as such the penalties are the same, and the consequences of a conviction are just as devastating and far reaching and include:
- A minimum 12-month driving ban
- A criminal record
- A fine of up to £5000
- There will be a specific record on the driving License for eleven years that details a conviction for drug driving
- If you drive for work your employer will see the conviction when you have to produce your
- Car insurance will increase significantly
- Any drug-related conviction may mean encountering difficulties getting permission to enter countries such as the USA
Causing death by careless driving when under the influence of drink or drugs carries a maximum penalty of 14 years in prison, a minimum 2 year driving ban and a requirement to pass an extended driving test before you are able to drive legally again – as well as having to come to terms with the emotional consequences for the rest of your life!
There are five main contributory factors in fatal road traffic collisions, Drugs are just one of them.