Rise Recorded In Drug-Driving Accidents In UK

The number of accidents caused by people driving while under the influence of drugs increased in the UK in 2018.

According to the latest figures from the Department for Transport (DfT), the number of drug-driving accidents recorded last year stood at 1,321, up from the 594 recorded in 2013. The figures also showed that drug-driving led to 80 fatalities last year, up from just 31 five years earlier.

What’s more, there has also been an increase in the number of people killed on the country’s urban roads and on motorways. Year-on-year, the number of people who died on urban roads climbed by three per cent, while on motorways the increase was recorded at eight per cent, AutoExpress reported.

If you use commercial van hire in Essex for your business, you’ll no doubt be vigilant when you’re driving for work. The problem with people who are driving under the influence of drugs, however, is that they can behave erratically and cause an accident even when you’re being careful.

The Sun also pointed out that, in addition to illegal substances, there are some prescription drugs that you’re not legally allowed to drive on.

According to the newspaper, the likes of diazepam, temazepam, methadone, codeine and clonazepam are among the ones you should look out for. If you’re taking any such medication, speak to your doctor about whether you’re allowed to drive.

If you’re not sure how any medication you’re prescribed might affect you, make sure you have that conversation with your doctor rather than risking it and getting behind the wheel.

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