Half of road users tested in Warwickshire fail drug swab test

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Warwickshire County Council’s campaign aimed at 18-24 year old male drivers drug driving has a simple message:

Don’t do it .

16 avoidable road collisions?

Of the 43 people tested at road traffic collisions (RTCs) in Warwickshire since the start of March 2015, 16 people failed the test.

  • 12 tested positive for cannabis
  • 4 for cocaine, and
  • 2 for both.

These 16 collisions may have been avoided if the drivers weren’t high behind the wheel. Tragically, Up to a quarter of those killed in crashes in the UK have illegal or prescribed drugs in their bloodstream.

Drug drivers can suffer from blurred vision, erratic and aggressive behaviour, nausea, hallucinations, panic attacks, paranoia, tremors (or ‘the shakes’) dizziness and fatigue.

Taking drugs impairs concentration, reactions and how your perceive what’s going on around you.

The lows.

If you’re caught drug driving you face

  • an unlimited fine,
  • a driving ban, or
  • imprisonment.

Worse still, you could cause a serious crash, injuring yourself, your friends, and other road users.

Getting caught will impact your life beyond lack of mobility, and increased car insurance costs, you could lose your job and will have an endorsement on your driver’s license for up to 11 years.

A better way.

If you are planning a wild night out, don’t drive.

Get a bus, train or taxi, stay over at a friend’s house, or get a lift home with a designated driver.

There are a number of evening bus services available: www.warwickshire.gov.uk/buses and booking a taxi can be easy when you book and pay online with apps like Uber, so not having cash on you isn’t a problem.

Doing drugs can destroy lives. And driving whilst high can be costly, and in some cases fatal.

To get help with drugs visit: www.talktofrank.com

Councillor John Horner, Portfolio Holder for Community Safety: “These statistics show that drivers under the influence of drugs are very likely to get caught at the roadside and convicted.

“It sends a strong message to drug users. One we hope will make them think twice and pick another option before getting behind the wheel.”

Councillor Philip Johnson, Chair of the Communities Overview and Scrutiny Committee: “the police are doing a good job of catching people high behind the wheel. As always, prevention is better than conviction.

“We need to maintain the good work we already do to prevent drug tacking and drug driving at in Warwickshire.”