Drug driver

Drug Driver

Drunk driving is now widely renounced by drivers, and people who are known to be doing this are often condemned by their peers. In a society where drunk driving causes the loss of hundreds of lives every year, it isn’t a socially acceptable crime to commit.

But drug driving should surely be the same? We all know that the effects of drugs on the body are equally as bad, or worse than the effects of alcohol, but this is far more difficult for UK police to punish under the current law. As the drug hits your system, it impairs things like your special awareness and reaction times, meaning you are twice as likely to hit a pedestrian or cause an accident.

Although it is illegal to take prohibited substances, the police find it very difficult to punish drug drivers, only managing to prosecute if a driver has a banned substance in their system, and if they are found to be driving neglectfully. Sadly, this is not enough to stop the end of innocent lives, as if they are identified as driving dangerously, they may have already caused an accident.

Police can now give fines to drug drivers, and the main set back is that if convicted, they will find their Car Insurance Quotes in the future are greatly inflated. Statistics show that ten percent of drivers have admitted to driving under the influence of drugs, although, despite social beliefs, youngsters are actually less likely to drive under the influence of alcohol. 35% of 45 to 65 year olds admitted to drink driving, compared to 24% of 18 to 24 year olds.

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