A survey has shown that a large number of Brits admit to driving under the influence of drugs, with cocaine and cannabis being the most popular drugs used. Conducted by the charity Brake and insurance company Direct Line, the survey showed that showed that 3% of 1000 people asked have driven a vehicle under the influence of drugs, with 11% thinking they have been a passenger with someone who has been using recreational drugs. The survey also revealed that 29% of people admit they would not always speak out if a friend was driving while on drugs.
New legislation regarding driving under the influence of drugs has been passed and is due to be enforced from March 2015. It states that anyone found driving under the influence will be subject to fines up to £5000 or could face a six month spell in prison. This may be accompanied by a 12 month driving ban. The deputy chief executive of Brake has stated that, although someone may not obviously be impaired while on drugs, they are not fit enough to be on the road. An impaired driver may cause an accident on the road and is a significant risk to other drivers as well as vulnerable road users such as cyclists of pedestrians.
Drug driving repercussions
Driving while under the influence of drugs can have devastating consequences should there be an accident on the road. Reaction times may be slowed down and people are more likely to drive above the speed limit, even if they are not aware they are doing so. According to Think government, the limits for illegal drugs can be extremely low therefore one smoke of cannabis may lead to being over the limit for driving. If you have been involved in an accident on the road and the driver of another vehicle or the one you were a passenger in was driving under the influence of drugs, you may be entitled to some compensation.
How to get representation
Accident Advice Helpline works with a team of solicitors who offer no-obligation advice to victims of an accident that was the fault of someone else. If you have suffered an injury in a road traffic accident and there was someone else to blame, our team can represent you should you wish to pursue a compensation claim. A monetary sum may help you cope financially with any loss of wages or any unforeseen costs associated with your injury. Our no win, no fee* policy means that you won’t suffer any financial strain if you wish to pursue your case with us. To discuss your claim with a member of our expert team dial 0800 689 0500 now.
Date Published: August 21, 2014
Author: David Brown