Drug Driving

Learn about the negative effects that drugs can have on your driving

Drug Driving

The use of drugs can make controlling a vehicle unsafe! Exactly like drink driving, drug driving put’s the driver, passengers, and others who share the road at risk. The effect of drugs differs depending on how they act in the brain.


  • Slows reactions
  • Affects concentration
  • Often gives a sedative-like effect
  • Ecstasy

  • Over confident driving
  • Anxiety
  • Panic attacks
  • Confusion
  • Paranoia
  • Cocaine

  • Over confident driving
  • Erratic behaviour
  • Ketamine

  • Muscle paralysis
  • Hallucinations
  • Confusion
  • Agitation
  • Panic attacks
  • Slows reactions
  • Memory impairment
  • Hallucinogens (LSD/Mushrooms)

  • Speed up or slow down time and movement, causes colours, sounds and objects to appear distorted
  • Disorientation
  • Panic
  • Nausea
  • Methamphetamine

  • Erratic behaviour
  • Risk taking
  • Panic
  • Heroin

  • Sedative effect
  • Slows reaction times
  • Reduced hand eye coordination
  • Reduced ability to think clearly
  • Blurred vision
  • Drowsiness
  • Nausea, and vomiting.
  • Consequences

    The penalties for drug driving are the same for drunk driving. If you are convicted you could face:

  • A minimum 12 month driving ban.
  • A criminal record.
  • An unlimited fine.
  • Up to 6 months in prison.
  • An offence on your driving licence for 11 years.
  • The consequences of a drug drive conviction are far reaching and can include:

  • Job loss.
  • Loss of independence.
  • Increase in car insurance costs.
  • Being denied into countries like the USA.
  • Advice

  • Do not offer any drugs to someone you know who is planning to drive.
  • Do not accept a lift off of someone who you know has taken drugs.
  • If you have or are planning to take drugs, plan your journey home without driving.
  • If you are on strong perscription medication then please consult your doctor before driving.
  • If your drug use is creating problems at home or in your own personal life, it may be time to consider getting help. You can

    use these websites for information and support:

  • http://www.talktofrank.com/
  • http://www.release.org.uk/
  • Find Your Nearest NHS drug Addiction Centre
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    If you work on behalf of a business that would be interested in sponsoring or supporting a road safety campaign then please contact us and we will discuss availability of campaigns local to you as well as pricing and the benefits.