RECREATIONAL DRUGS AND DRIVING: A QUALITATIVE STUDY

Semi-structured qualitative interviews were conducted with 61 individuals using drugs and driving cars who attending night clubs at various locations across Scotland. A further 88 people attending night clubs or dance venues filled in questionnaires about drugs use and driving. 10 focus groups were also conducted. Night club users were at very high risk of drug driving and self-reported an increased risk of road accidents. The incidence of drug use among night club and dance venue users was high at 76% of respondents in the last month. Driving after illict drug use was high. Most drug-driving incidents involved the use of cannabis and were not associated with travelling to and from clubs and dance events. Cannabis driving was considered much less dangerous than driving after ecstasy, cocaine, amphetamine or LSD. Many night club users felt they could compensate for drug effects on driving. Passengers were prepared to accept lifts from drivers who had taken drugs and considered that use of cannabis had little effect or improved driving ability. They considered that the importance of other drugs depended on the driver's tolerance to them. Being a passenger in a car where drugs other than cannabis had been taken was reported more often as frightening. Drug driving was considered socially acceptable and normal among friendship groups of those who drove under the influence of drugs. Hardly any night club users had organised designated drivers who did not use drugs. Most considered that charges should only be brought against noticeably impaired drivers. Improved public transport appeared to be a fundamental requirement of any serious attempt to reduce the incidence of drug driving.

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    SCOTTISH EXECUTIVE CENTRAL RESEARCH UNIT

    SAUGHTON HOUSE, BROOMHOUSE DRIVE
    EDINBURGH,   United Kingdom  EH11 3XA
  • Authors:
    • NEALE, J
    • MCKEGANEY, N
    • HAY, G
    • OLIVER, J
  • Publication Date: 2001

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  • English

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  • Accession Number: 00988494
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • ISBN: 1-84268-721-2
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Apr 4 2005 12:00AM