As we enter hay fever season, drivers are being warned that “over the counter” medication could land them with a drug driving charge.
Doctors have said that hay fever sufferers must read labels on the medication as they could cause drowsiness and have an effect on their driving. In fact, 1 in 7 drivers who take anti histamine medication have admitted to never reading the labels.
The advice is, if they are unsure then they shouldn’t drive at all.
Drug driving laws that came into force in 2015 mean that anyone found guilty of the offence would face a minimum 12-month ban from driving and a possible jail sentence.
Amanda Stretton, the motoring editor at Confused.com, said: “It’s worrying to see that so many drivers admit to driving while under the influence of drugs – 15 per cent – both prescription (12 per cent) and illegal (three per cent).
“However, it would seem that new drug driving laws introduced two years ago seem to be having an impact, with the number of drug driving arrests increasing.
“The level of awareness among drivers around how certain medications can affect a person’s driving ability is another area for concern. This is particularly alarming given that we are about to enter hay fever season.
“More than a third admit to suffering from the ailment and, understandably, many resort to taking medication to help combat the symptoms. Yet those that choose to do so need to be highly aware of the potential risks of drowsiness and reduced concentration levels while driving.
“Our advice is simple, before taking any medication people should always read the safety leaflet or ask a pharmacist before taking to the road. If unsure, they should err on the side of caution and avoid driving at all costs.”
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