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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