In the UK, it’s illegal to drive if you’re unfit to do so because you’re on legal or illegal drugs, and if you have certain levels of illegal drugs in your blood – even if they haven’t affected your driving.
If you’re using prescription or over the counter drugs for a condition, and are worried they could affect your driving, speak to a pharmacist, your GP or a healthcare professional.
Legal drugs that can affect driving include:
- Opioid-based drugs like Codeine
The police have the right to stop anyone they suspect may be showing signs of poor driving, or endangering themselves and others on the road. If they stop you they will ask you to do a ‘field impairment assessment’, which will include walking in a straight line. They will also be obliged to use a roadside kit to screen for cannabis and cocaine.
If they suspect anything untoward, they will arrest you and take you to a police station where you will take a blood or urine test.
If the test shows you’ve taken drugs, you will be charged with the crime of driving under the influence.
If you’re found guilty of drug driving, you could face a minimum of one year driving ban, an unlimited fine, up to six months in prison and a criminal record.
Your driving license will also show your drug driving conviction for eleven years, your car insurance premium will increase and you may have problems travelling to countries like the UK.
How DPP Law can help
Drug driving is quite a complex area. Particularly, when it comes to prescription drugs – the motorist may not even realise that their medicine is affecting their driving.
Whatever your situation, it is important you contact DPP Law in order for our specialist lawyers to examine every aspect of your case in order to get the best outcome.
Start preparing the best defence by contacting us today.