Drug driving: the law
Did you know that it’s against the law to drive if you are unfit to do so through illegal AND legal drugs? Illegal drugs in your blood is of course an offence but you also need to be careful with prescription or over-the-counter medicine.
If you are stopped and police suspect that you’re unfit to drive because of taking drugs, you’ll be arrested and will have to take a blood or urine test at a police station.
A criminal record can be devastating to your career so don’t risk it! You could get – a one-year driving ban; a fine of up to £5,000; up to six months in prison. Your driving licence will also show you’ve been convicted for drug driving. This will last for 11 years.
If you take regular medication, you should talk to your GP about driving straight away. What’s more, when you buy drugs in a pharmacy, be sure to tell the professional behind the counter what ELSE you are taking and ask for advice on driving.
According to Gov.uk: You should talk to your doctor about whether you should drive if you’ve been prescribed any of the following drugs:
- morphine or opiate and opioid-based drugs
You can drive after taking these drugs if: you’ve been prescribed them and followed advice on how to take them by a professional and they aren’t causing you to be unfit to drive even if you’re above the specified limits