Driving Lessons Leeds Tips: The Danger of Drug Driving

Here’s a great driving lessons Leeds tips about danger of drug driving

It’s illegal to drive your car when you’re impaired by the effects of drugs whether it’s illegal or prescribed by your doctor, or if you’ve taken certain drug resulting to the level of it that’s beyond the specification in accordance with the law.

If the police would stop you and thought you’re under the influence of drugs they would test you at the roadside by the use of a drug screening device. If the policemen have no such device at that time, they may use “Field Impairment” test which would assess your driving ability.

If drugs would be detected in your system or when you’re deemed impaired by illegal drugs, you’ll be arrested and taken to the police station for urine or blood tests. You could be charged with drug driving if the tests would show that you’ve taken drugs beyond the specified limits.

Remember that you don’t have to be under the influence of illegal drugs to be impaired on your driving, but also when you’re taking some prescription or over-the-counter drugs.

Your ability to drive could also be impaired by the drugs prescribed by your doctor. So, you better talk to your doctor, healthcare professional or pharmacist first, and ask him/her if it’s just okay for you to drive whilst taking these medicines.

It’s worth bearing in mind that today the danger of drug driving has been raised to the higher level as it’s detection has been made easier by the government. So, be reminded that on March 2, 2015 the drug driving law was changed to make it easier for drug drivers to be caught by the police and be convicted in court.

Remember that it’s now an offence to drive with certain drugs above the specified level in your bloodstream, just as it is with drink driving. There are all 17 illegal and legal drugs being covered by the law, including ketamine, cocaine, ecstasy and cannabis. The limits are extremely low for all illegal drugs which mean that taking even a very small amount of it could already put you over the limits.

The penalties for drug driving and drink driving are the same. If you’re convicted of the offence, you’ll receive:

(1.)  A driving ban of at least 12 months
(2.)  A criminal record
(3.)  A hefty fine or a maximum of six months in prison or both

The consequences of a drug driving conviction by a court are far-reaching and these can include the following:

(1.)  Job loss
(2.)  Loss of independence
(3.)  The shame of having a criminal record
(4.)  Increase in car insurance costs
(5.)  Trouble to go abroad to countries like the USA

You should be aware that today driving under the influence of illegal drugs has become extremely dangerous because of the new law on drug driving aside from affecting your driving skills in a number of ways which will result to fatal road accidents.

For example: the cannabis users always think they’re safer because they drive their car more slowly. However, this drug slows your decision and reaction times. It could also distort your perception of distance and time, and would result in losing control of the vehicle and your poorer concentration whilst at wheel.

Cocaine users have a sense of over-confidence. They perform unusually more aggressive manoeuvres at greater speeds, thus putting them at higher risk.

Ecstasy users are extremely dangerous whilst behind the wheel because they would have distorted vision, altered perception and judgement of potential hazards, their perception of sounds is heightened, and have over-confident attitude at wheel.

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