hayfeverAs drug-driving arrests increase, motorists are being urged to check any medication carefully, particularly those that suffer from hay fever, before getting behind the wheel.

The number of motorists charged with drug-driving has increased dramatically over the last 12 months, with prescription medication cases accounting for much of the rise.

In 2015, 1,686 drivers were caught drug-driving, compared with only 738 in 2014 – a rise of approximately 140%.

That’s according to new data obtained by Confused.com via a freedom of information (FOI) request.

Of the one in seven drivers who admitted to the offence, the majority were taking prescription medication rather than illegal drugs.

1 in 3 drivers suffer from hay fever 

Britain’s hay fever sufferers could be at particular risk of inadvertently committing a drug-driving offence.

More than a third of motorists across the country suffer from the pollen-affliction.

And, according to the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, some hay fever medications can have side-effects that could impair your driving ability.

But one in seven drivers who suffer admit to not reading the advice leaflet before they take their medication.

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