Taking medicine? Using drugs? Don’t drive!
Drugs either medicinal or illegal can have an impact on your ability to drive, that’s why many give a warning not to drive or operate heavy machinery. It has always been illegal to drive whilst unfit to do so through drink or drugs and in England and Wales there are 17 drugs that have a prescribed limit over which it is illegal to drive (much the same as alcohol). You would expect illegal drugs such as Cocaine and Cannabis to be among the 17 and you’d be right but did you know that there 9 medicinal drugs on the list? These include Diazepam, Clonazepam and Temazepam. If you are taking any of the medicinal drugs or medicines that contain them, then you need to speak to your doctor about whether you should be driving or not.
Provided that you can demonstrate that you have been prescribed them and are using them in line with any medical advice that you have been given on how to take them; and most importantly they don’t cause you to be unfit to drive, even if you are above the specified limit, then you are not committing an offence and can still drive.
A conviction for drug driving carries a minimum one year driving ban, an unlimited fine and up to six months in prison. It also means that you’ll have a criminal record that means you may have trouble getting a job or travelling overseas. The conviction remains on your driving licence for 11 years.
For more information visit: https:http://www.gov.uk/drug-driving-law
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