Road Safety News

Millions of drivers 'high on drugs'

Monday 13th June 2011

As many as 2.8 million people in the United Kingdom may have driven while under the influence of drugs, with four in 10 doing so over the past 12 months, according to a survey by Direct Line Car Insurance (Yahoo News).

The survey of more than 2,000 people also showed that one in three drug drivers believed they were ‘very safe’ or ‘quite safe’, while one in five admitted they were a danger on the road.

According to Yahoo News, one in 10 drug drivers thought they would get away with it. Additionally, one in 20 admitted to breaking the speed limit while under the influence of drugs, with the same proportion admitting to being involved in an accident.

In the last 12 months one in three drug drivers had used cannabis, one in seven had taken cocaine and one in 10 ecstasy before driving.

Andy Goldby, director of motor underwriting at Direct Line, said: "Drug driving is as irresponsible as drink driving. The dangers of drug drivers on our roads are becoming increasingly apparent, with thousands admitting they have been involved in an accident while high or stoned.

"The effects of drugs can often leave people feeling overly confident or extremely relaxed, both of which are known to lead to dangerous driving behaviours. We strongly support the Department for Transport's decision to clamp down on drug driving and would welcome further investment in effective roadside drug tests to screen drivers the police suspect are under the influence of illegal or strong prescription drugs."

Click here to read the full Yahoo News report. 


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