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Since march last year a new change to the law came in to effect which allowed road-side drug screening devices to be used to detect the level of certain drugs in peoples systems. A long with this new change there were also the introduction of new and additional limits for a variety of drugs.

According to new data there was an increase to the number of people charged with drug-driving over the last year, with an approximate rise of 140%.

A lot of the offenders were user of class A to C drugs, such as cannabis, ecstasy and cocaine.

You may be in for a surprise though

It might come as a bit of a shock to find that there were a larger number of offenders who were only taking prescription (legal) drugs rather than the illegal kind; in fact it is 4 times more likely for a British motorist to be driving under the influence of prescription medication than the harder stuff.

This particularly applies to hay fever sufferers in the UK.

Around 1 in 3 motorists in Britain will suffer from the symptoms of the pollen allergy, more commonly known as hay fever. If taking medication for the condition there can be side effects such as lethargy, drowsiness, and blurred vision and while ‘legal’ still comes under the new drug-laws.

If you do suffer and are taking medication you are potentially increasing your risk of committing a crime even if unbeknownst to you.


Because of this it is strongly advised to read safety leaflets, or if still unsure to consult a pharmacist for advice before driving.