The danger inherent in drugs and driving is emphasized by reference to a Pharmaceutical Society Symposium on the subject in 1977. The implications of this situation are discussed by reference to surveys which showed that about 15 per cent of drivers on the road are under the influence of drugs at any given time. Facts obtained from one such survey conducted a decade ago, for example, indicated that out of 945 drivers interviewed, 130 or 14 per cent admitted they had taken medicine in the previous 24 hours. Case-histories are presented to illustrate the importance of recognizing the presence of drugs in drivers who, on examination for the presence of alcohol may have provided a negative result. Facilities available at the Metropolitan Police Science Laboratory for drug analysis are described. Legislation and the law concerning drugs and driving are discussed. Reference is made to studies being undertaken by the Department of Clinical Pharmacology at Oxford University which is investigating which drugs are associated with greater or lesser risks; a working party being established by the Department of Health and Social Security to discuss the level of information about medical prescriptions given to the public; and an extensive study of the relationship between drugs and driving which is to be carried out by the Transport and Road Research Laboratory, Crowthorne, Berkshire. The TRRL study of 2000 motorists, half of whom have had accidents, will consider environmental conditions at the time of the accident; the drivers experience and accident records; drug and alcohol consumption prior to the accident; physical disabilities including eyesight, hearing, illness and fatigue and smoking. Information is provided on a Medical Commission on Accident Prevention booklet entitled "Medical Aspects of Fitness to Drive", which contains a chapter dealing with drugs and driving and has been sent to all doctors by the Department of Transport. /TRRL/

  • Corporate Authors:

    Drive Publications, Limited

    Fanum House, Basingstoke
    Hampshire RG21 2EA,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Bestic, A
  • Publication Date: 1979

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  • Pagination: p. 32
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00195170
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 15 1979 12:00AM