Drivers not clear on medicines

Drivers not clear on medicines

A third of motorists believe that a traffic light system on prescription drugs would be the best way to inform people of the risks of using medication when driving.

The Government proposed earlier this year the introduction of a drug-driving bill which will include substances that are found in prescription medication, however a survey carried out by the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) found that 50% of motorist believed that current labelling on prescription drugs is not clear enough.

The introduction of a drug-driving ban is supported by drivers. 73% of respondents think that driving under the influence of drugs is as dangerous as drink-driving and 80% believe that there should be a zero-tolerance policy towards drivers caught under the influence of strong illegal drugs.

More than half of motorist questioned (59%) felt that current penalties are not strict enough on drivers caught under the influence of drugs. Currently, drivers found guilty of drug-driving offences face a one year driving ban and a £1,000 fine.

"Motorists clearly feel that labelling is not clear or consistent enough when giving information on driving when taking medications. A traffic-light system such as red for no driving, amber for care required and green for limited effects appears to be the most popular option. What is clear is that we will need a wide ranging information campaign to support the new laws and ensure motorists don't find themselves on the wrong side of the law." Simon Best, IAM chief executive, said.

Copyright Press Association 2013