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Thread: The 'new' drug driving laws.... Potty?

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    I have to attend the funeral of one of my oldest and dearest friends on Monday. He was killed the week before last in a hit and run accident by a drink/drug driver.

    One life lost another ruined. The rules can't be strong enough in my opinion.

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    It's worth revisiting in 2018 now the law and testing have settled down.

    I still see people smoking and driving after a few hours and am surprised they take this risk. I don't know anyone who has tested positive, but I would think not driving until at least the next day would be prudent.

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    Think the testing has to be a bit better than they are.
    Can't have zero levels - lots of products have alcohol in them but not for consumption. This recent case about a 'positive' test for cocaine is worth reading .... Cocaine-test bus driver wins unfair dismissal case - BBC News
    I know someone who drives but under the changed rules was concerned he would have to give up as he has permanent painkiller patches applied, with a Morphine based product (but apparently a lot stronger!). They don't affect his ability to drive and in fact give him the ability to remain mobile (and sane!)


    FWIW, I don't think anyone should be allowed to drive when under the influence of alcohol or drugs but have to make sure the innocent are not incorrectly caught in poor testing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wildebus View Post
    Think the testing has to be a bit better than they are.
    Can't have zero levels - lots of products have alcohol in them but not for consumption. This recent case about a 'positive' test for cocaine is worth reading .... Cocaine-test bus driver wins unfair dismissal case - BBC News
    I know someone who drives but under the changed rules was concerned he would have to give up as he has permanent painkiller patches applied, with a Morphine based product (but apparently a lot stronger!). They don't affect his ability to drive and in fact give him the ability to remain mobile (and sane!)


    FWIW, I don't think anyone should be allowed to drive when under the influence of alcohol or drugs but have to make sure the innocent are not incorrectly caught in poor testing.
    I have to be honest since I started on dialysis a new chapter in the health department I was amazed it is not a notifiable condition to dvla some diabetes sufferers are required but I would wager a lot don't notify ,,drug wise oramorph and tramadol are frequently prescribed to folks with my ailments alas had no need thankfully yet myself, Saturday no way was I fit to drive and justified using ambulances laid on I have driven once straight after and I felt fine and the drive non eventful so I guess a lot depends on my own integritywhether that is correct or not I have mixed views

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    Quote Originally Posted by channa View Post
    I have to be honest since I started on dialysis a new chapter in the health department I was amazed it is not a notifiable condition to dvla some diabetes sufferers are required but I would wager a lot don't notify ,,drug wise oramorph and tramadol are frequently prescribed to folks with my ailments alas had no need thankfully yet myself, Saturday no way was I fit to drive and justified using ambulances laid on I have driven once straight after and I felt fine and the drive non eventful so I guess a lot depends on my own integritywhether that is correct or not I have mixed views

    Channa
    I think there are a lot of things your meant to tell the DVLA but I can only guess what it does to your insurance premium. If the doctor says your OK go for it.

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