Cambridgeshire Police are warning of the consequences of driving while under the influence of drugs.
Officers say the penalties are the same as those for drink driving.
In addition to illegal drugs, it is also against the law to drive with certain medication above specified levels in your bloodstream. Always carefully read the instructions supplied with any medication and check with your GP if you are in any doubt about whether it is safe for you to drive.
If an officer suspects you may be driving under the influence of drugs they will perform an impairment test and complete screening for cannabis and cocaine. If you are believed to have been driving under the influence of drugs you will be arrested and taken to a police station for further tests.
Seventeen legal and illegal drugs are covered by the law, including cannabis, cocaine, ecstasy and ketamine.
You should speak to your doctor about driving if you ve been advised to take:
- amphetamine, eg dexamphetamine or selegiline
- morphine or opiate based drugs such as codeine or tramadol.
If convicted of drug driving you could face:
- A minimum 12-month driving ban
- A criminal record
- A large fine or up to six months in prison – or both
You could also lose your job, incur increased car insurance costs when a ban is completed and encounter difficulties travelling abroad to countries such as the USA.
Report a drug driver
Know a drink or drug driver? Report drink or drug driving via the confidential hotline on 0800 032 0845.