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UK Motorists worried about drug-drivers

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A recent survey held by OnePoll has found that motorists want the government to do more to tackle drug driving. 70% of drivers believe that the government is not doing enough to combat the rising problem, and 71% want to see more being done.

Statistics have shown that 25-34 year olds are the most likely to drive whilst on drugs, 8% of motorists questioned even admitted to doing it. However drink driving is more likely between 45-54 year olds, with 34% of that age group admitting they have driven whilst under the influence of alcohol.

The ‘drug and drink driving’ poll of 2,000 drivers in the UK reveals:

  • 37% of drivers think that drug drivers are LESS likely to get caught than drink drivers, (8% say more likely and 55% see no difference)
  • More men admit to drink driving than women: 38% v 19%
  • 77% of women want to see the government do more about drug driving, compared to 65% of men

Last week, the Department of Transport revealed a provisional report that shows a reported fall in alcohol-related accidents, with casualties and fatalities falling considerably. However, experts believe that drug driving may be a hidden menace on the roads still.

The Department for Transport reported a fall in alcohol-related accidents last week. Mike Hoban, Chief Marketing Officer for, thinks that drug driving might be a hidden menace on our roads, he says:

Currently, the penalties for drug-driving are the same as drink-driving:

  • A minimum 12-month driving ban
  • A criminal record
  • A fine of up to £5000

The conviction for driving or attempting to drive whilst under the influence of drugs is a DR80. This conviction will stay on your license for 11 years (attracting up to 11 points). A DR90 is the conviction code for being in charge of a vehicle when unfit through drugs.  This will stay on your license for 4 years and can see a motorist receive 10 points.

Ian Donaldson, Managing Director of Autonet Insurance, said, “It’s clear that people are concerned about drug-drivers on the roads, and the potential dangers that they impose. The Government has a responsibility to let drivers know that the penalties are severe and that drug-drivers are a danger to themselves and a danger to others."

By Ben Malkin

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