Drivers 'ignore drug warnings'

Warnings given on over-the-counter and prescription drugs relating to possible driving impairments are being ignored, a new study has claimed.

Road safety charity Brake conducted the survey, which discovered that one in eight drivers do not check whether the medication they are taking could affect their driving ability.

The charity is concerned that some road traffic accidents may be caused by people becoming drowsy behind the wheel after taking drugs like Beta Blockers or anti-depressants.

The Royal College of GPs is calling on pharmaceutical companies to employ a simple to understand 'traffic light' colour coding system to warn drivers over the dangers of various medications.

Professor Steve Field of the Royal College of GPs told the BBC:; "I think the public is unaware of the side effects of these common drugs."

Copyright © Press Association 2010