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Drug Laws And Young Drivers

Drug Laws And Young Drivers
George Trout
  • On June 3, 2015
  • http://www.insurelearnerdriver.co.uk

In a recent survey it has come to light that 1 in 8 young drivers are not fully aware of drug laws on the road. Many young drivers are not aware of the police’s authority to pull over drivers and carry out on-the-spot tests. Then, if deemed necessary, carry out further tests at the police station.

Even more worrying was the ignorance of young driver’s about what substances are restricted, on the road. 39% of young drivers failed to recognise what can and cannot be used on the road, under current drug laws. A list of the controlled substances are outlined on ‘Gov.co.uk’ and include:

  • Clonadzeoam
  • Anphetamines
  • Flunitrazepam
  • Diazepam
  • Morphine/Opiate
  • Lorazepam
  • Oxazepam
  • Temazepam
  • Methodone
  • Rohypnol

Moreover, 20% of young drivers did not know that, under the current drug laws, a person found guilty of being under the influence of a controlled substance, whilst driving, could face up 6 months in prison and a year’s driving ban.

If you’re a learner driver and haven’t hit the roads yet, it pays to be prepared. Know the drug laws in advance; what can and can’t be taken. If you are on any prescribed medication and are unsure about your own road safety contact the DVLA for further guidance.

 

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