Warning: Legal drugs can be driving risk

Think before you drive if you are on certain legally-prescribed medications. NNL-160906-152751001
Think before you drive if you are on certain legally-prescribed medications. NNL-160906-152751001

A reminder has gone out from Warwickshire County Council that it’s illegal to drive if unfit to do so due to taking legally prescribed drugs.

Since March 2015 it has been an offence to drive after having certain drugs above prescribed levels or with legal drugs in your body if it impairs your driving.

Residents are urged to talk to their doctor if prescribed any of the following drugs: amphetamine, eg dexamphetamine or selegiline; clonazepam; diazepam; flunitrazepam; lorazepam; methadone; morphine or opiate and opioid-based drugs, eg codeine, tramadol or fentanyl; oxazepam; temazepam.

Cllr John Horner, Warwickshire County Council’s Portfolio Holder for Community Safety said: “It is vital that residents in Warwickshire are aware of the risks involved in driving whilst taking medication and spread the message if they know someone who may be affected and are driving.”