Some Kirklees road traffic accidents are caused by drivers driving under the influence of narcotics. Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a totally irresponsible thing to do, as it often results in serious RTAs which cause severe injury and even death. Not only do drivers under the influence put themselves and their passengers at risk, but they also endanger the lives, and the health and safety of other road users and pedestrians.
1 million drivers per year could be driving under the influence of drugs
A frightening report in the Daily Telegraph newspaper dated 4th August 2014 suggests that almost 1 million drivers have driven while under the influence of drugs in the past year. The report was based on a survey carried out by the charity organisation “Brake”, in which they surveyed 1000 British motorists. Of the 1000 survey, 3% admitted having driven under the influence of drugs, and if you extend this 3% to the entire UK driving population, (which is 30 million drivers), you come up with a figure of 900,000.
The unwillingness to become whistle-blowers
The survey organised by “Brake”, also revealed that 1 in 10 passengers believed they had been driven by a driver who may have been under the influence of drugs. A further 29% admitted that they believed they would not try to intervene if a friend decided to drive having taken drugs. New roadside tests to be carried out by police will be able to indicate whether or not driver has taken cannabis for cocaine. Testing for other drugs however, would have to be carried out back at a police station.
What the Department of Transport and “Brake” have to say
In a recent statement, a spokesman for the Department of Transport is recorded as saying, “Drug-driving is a menace which devastates families and ruins lives, which is why the government is advocating a zero tolerance approach to anyone who drives while under the influence of illegal drugs. Julie Townsend, the deputy chief executive of “Brake” also said with regard to drug-driving,” We all need to stand up and fight to put an end to it. The message to everyone is that they should never underestimate the effects of driving, having taken drugs.”
Drug related Kirklees road traffic accidents and claiming for injury via AAH
If you are one of the people who has been significantly injured in a Kirklees road traffic accidents because of a driver driving under the influence of illegal drugs, you are morally and legally entitled to financial compensation, and we here at the Accident Advice Helpline can help.Open Claim Calculator
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