- Amphetamine, eg dexamphetamine or selegiline
- Morphine or opiate and opioid-based drugs, eg codeine, tramadol or fentanyl
The penalties for drug driving if you’re convicted
This will last for 11 years on your licence to show you have been convicted.
The penalty for causing death by dangerous driving under the influence of drugs is a prison sentence of up to 14 years. You are likely to have other issues, such as large increases in car insurance. Some insurance companies will not insure you, your employer will see the conviction of your licence if you drive for work, and you may have trouble travelling to countries such as the USA as they are tight on drug laws.
It is illegal to drive if you are unfit because you are on legal or illegal drugs and if you have certain levels of illegal drugs in your blood. This applies even if it doesn’t effect your driving.
Legal drugs are defined as over-the-counter prescription medicines. Always take your doctor’s advice and are unsure whether you can drive or ride.
Police can do a roadside drug test to screen for cannabis and cocaine. They can also conduct a ‘field impairment assessment’ if they suspect you are on drugs. This involves you taking tests, for example to see if you can walk in a straight line.
You will be arrested if the police suspect you are on drugs. You will need to provide a blood or urine sample at a police station. You will be charged with a crime if the test shows you have taken drugs.
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