A third of UK drivers are driving under the influence of illegal drugs, new research has found.
According to a study by Direct Line, over 1.2 million people admit to haven driven while high in the last 12 months. 35 per cent of those drivers admit to taking skunk or cannabis while driving.
One in twenty of those drug using drivers have been involved in a car accident.The research also found that over 2.8 million drivers admit to using a car whilst under the influence of substance in the lifetime.
A staggering one in ten people admit that they drove while under the influence because they didn't think they would get caught.Other drug fuelled excuses include not being able to afford a tax and the lack of available public transport and that they were not of a clear mind to think properly about the consequences.
Driving under the influence of drugs is dangerous to over motorists, passengers and pedestrians.One in twenty people who have taken drugs and then driven have also admitted to speeding.
Drugged drivers have a distorted perception of their driving ability. Accidents that have occurred whilst on drugs include driving into other vehicles and crashing into walls.
"Drug driving is as irresponsible as drink driving.The dangers of drug drivers on our roads are becoming increasingly apparent, with thousands admitting they have been involved in an accident while ‘high' or stoned.” Said Andy Goldby, at Direct Line Car Insurance.
"The effects of drugs can often leave people feeling overly confident or extremely relaxed, both of which are known to lead to dangerous driving behaviours.” He continued.
The study found that Cocaine was the second most common drug that people have been high on while driving. Ecstasy was third and MDMA was fourth.
If you are found to be under the influence of driving it can seriously affect your car insurance premiums.