Nearly half of Brits oblivious to new drug driving laws
In fact the research by Kwik Fit Insurance Services found that nearly half (48%) of UK drivers had no idea that the new laws were coming into place, which mean that drivers who are on prescription medication could be placing themselves at risk of prosecution.
The new drug-drive law sets limits at very low levels – bordering on “zero tolerance” – for eight prescription drugs which are clonazepam, diazepam, flunitrazepam, lorazepam, oxazepam, temazepam, methadone and morphine.
Police units will be outfitted with new drug testing kits that can detect traces of illegal and prescription drugs as well as the common ingredients of some readily available remedies that may also impair driving ability.
Despite the stricter limits coming into place, over two thirds (65%) of those surveyed believe that not enough is being done to make drivers aware of the new limits or what legal drugs could land them in difficulty. Yet despite the potential risks of unintentionally breaking the law, over three quarters (78%) believe that the new measures are a positive step with only 4% stating it is going too far.
Jason Banwell, managing director at Kwik Fit Insurance Services, said: ‘While we always welcome measures that make our roads safer, it is clear that not enough is being done to educate drivers on the new changes coming into place at the start of March. Increased awareness of the new drug limits is essential, not just to prevent drivers unintentionally falling foul of the law but also making sure drivers know which over the counter medicines might impair their ability to drive. More clearly needs to be done to bolster these positive steps and for those who are unsure, they should seek advice of a pharmacist.’