Photo: The inherent unfairness of drug driving laws can be illustrated by comparing them to drink driving laws. (Supplied: NT Police). Australia's.. If you are impaired in any way, whether due to illicit or legal substances, or even due to lack of sleep, you should not drive. End of story. What they're saying is if.
There's an old saying about caffeine and alcohol - drinking coffee doesn't stop you being a drunk, it just makes you an awake drunk. Alert moderator. If you are driving after 12 hours work and using caffeine to stay awake, it may not be a good idea as the impairment from tiredness at this stage may be equivalent to a 0.5% alcohol level. Caffeine is a stimulant, and while it may keep some awake, it is just as likely to give you a false sense of security and may increase aggresive behaiour and risk taking.
Benzodiazepines can be prescribed by doctors and are legal if used as prescribed. It is illegal to use benzodiazepines without a prescription, or to give or sell them to other people. If you are under the influence of drugs (including prescription drugs prescribed to you), it is not legal to drive a car.
Injected benzodiazepines have an almost immediate effect. Benzodiazepines take around 30 minutes to work when they are swallowed as pills, because they have to be digested before the drug can enter the blood stream.
People who use amphetamines and ecstasy often use benzodiazepines to help them relax or sleep when they are recovering from the effects of these stimulant drugs.
Benzodiazepines can cause drowsiness, confusion, and slowed reaction times. It is dangerous, as well as illegal, to drive while affected by benzodiazepines.
Benzodiazepines belong to a group of central nervous system depressants called minor tranquilisers.
New drug-driving regulations came into force on Monday, establishing legal limits for the levels of sixteen intoxicating substances in the blood. Eight are….
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Is this, in fact, precisely the point?. Set at this level the roadside test is likely to catch out cannabis smokers up to 24 hours after use, well after the effects have worn off. Evidence used by the government’s Expert Panel on Drug Driving has indicated that actual impairment after ingesting THC subsides after two and a half hours.
Some other categories of medication that can interfere with driving are antidepressants (trazodone can cause sleepiness); pain medications (Vicodin or Fioricet) and antiseizure drugs (lorazepam may slow reflexes). Any sleep medication or tranquilizer can also cause problems. A normal does of Valium impairs functional.
At a sentencing hearing, the judge weighs aggravating and mitigating factors. On the other hand, a safe driving record or impairment caused by a prescribed medication may operate as mitigating factors. A prior conviction for DWI within seven years would count as an aggravating factor.
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At the other end of the spectrum, a level one punishment carries a fine of up to $4,000, a possible jail sentence of 24 months, continuous alcohol monitoring and a substance abuse assessment and possible treatment.
Ironically, someone driving under the influence of benzodiazepines, one of the most lethally addictive drug families in the world, and one of the only ones that can kill you in withdrawal, is quite legally entitled to do so, provided they have a scrip and are not deeme “impaired” (which by definition they must be.
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“If you are taking prescription or over-the-counter medicines under the advice of your doctor or pharmacist, and so long as those medicines don’t impair your driving, you have nothing to be concerned about.
While driving under the influence of drugs has been an offence for decades, new rules that were brought in as part of last year’s Road Traffic Act are coming into effect this week – including the roll-out of Preliminary Drug Testing.
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However he said he was also anxious to allay the fears of anybody taking prescription or over-the-counter medicines:
ROAD SAFETY CHIEFS have issued a warning to people who may abuse Valium-like drugs and get behind the wheel.
Cannabis is the most common drug detected on Irish roads, and young men are by far the worst offenders.
Often, they’re detected in an older age-group of driver.