People urged to take a stand against drug-driving

People in the South are being urged to stand up against drug drivers after a survey found that 3% of motorists have driven will under the influence. The research by the charity Brake, also found that 11% of people believed they had been a passenger in a car with someone who had taken drugs.

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New report highlights extent of drug-driving

It's a potentially fatal problem on our roads and a new report out today suggests it's more widespread than first thought.

Three percent of people surveyed by the charity Brake have admitted to Drug Driving in the past year. That's the equivalent of one million UK motorists.

The report also found that one in ten people think they've been a passenger of someone under the influence. And three in ten admit they wouldn't always speak out to stop a friend driving on drugs.

Drug-driving has already taken several lives here in the south east, as Malcolm Shaw reports.


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Up to one million people 'drug drive,' survey reveals

As many as one million motorists have driven while under the influence of drugs, a survey has revealed.

Even more drivers appear to have no objection if a close friend intends to drive while high on illegal substances, according to the poll by road safety charity Brake.

About three per cent of motorists admitted to drug driving at least once in the last 12 months.

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However, 11 per cent of passengers thought they may have travelled in car with a driver who was high, the survey from Brake and Direct Line Insurance showed.

Based on responses from 1,000 drivers, the survey also showed 29 per cent admitted they would not always speak out to stop a friend driving on drugs.

The survey showed 5 per cent of passengers were unlikely to say something even if their driver was clearly out of control while they were both in the car.

New drug driving regulations are set to be introduced in March next year.

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Drug driving 'is a menace and causes devastation'

Drug driver "is a menace" which "causes absolute devastation" to the families of victims hit by motorists who are behind the wheel while high, the head of a road safety charity said.

Brake deputy chief executive Julie Townsend explained:

Drug-driving is a menace that causes absolute devastation to families and communities, and ends too many lives too soon.

We all need to stand up and fight to end it. Our message to everyone is never to underestimate the effects of illegal drugs on driving.

– Julie Townsend


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