Almost half of the young men drug tested after road accidents in Warwickshire, tested positive for cannabis or cocaine, or both, figures have revealed. Of 43 people tested at road traffic collisions since the beginning of March this year, 16 people failed the test with 12 testing positive for cannabis, four for cocaine and two for both.
Warwickshire County Council's campaign aimed at 18-24 year old male drivers drug driving, has a simple message: 'Don't do it!' 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 the drug user perceives what is going on around them. Motorists caught drug driving face an unlimited fine, a driving ban or imprisonment.
Councillor John Horner, Portfolio Holder for Community Safety said: "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."
Tamworth Herald/May 27, 2016
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