Driving under the influence

03 March 2017

Norfolk County Council are launching their latest road safety campaign entitled “Check Dose” this week to remind people taking medicines to check with their doctor or pharmacist before getting behind the wheel.

Current drug drive legislation is designed to catch people who risk other people’s lives by getting behind the wheel after taking drugs, but it also includes some legitimate medicines including some medication used to treat anxiety and depression.  The general advice is that so long as you are following the advice of a healthcare professional and your driving isn’t impaired you can continue to drive as usual and aren’t at risk of arrest.

Dr Louise Smith, Director of Public Health, Norfolk County Council said “The Check Dose campaign will help to publicise the importance of checking your prescribed or non-prescribed medication before you drive to ensure that you are not putting yourself or anyone else at risk. Don’t stop taking your medicines, prescribed or otherwise, if you are worried about the impact on your driving then talk to your doctor or pharmacist for information about how your medicines might affect your ability to drive. They’ll be happy to give you the advice you need to keep yourselves and others to stay safe.”

Cllr Jennifer Chamberlin is Vice Chairman of Norfolk Casualty Reduction Partnership Board and said ” I fully support this Fatal Four road safety campaign to promote the importance of checking your medication before driving. It’s all about making drivers aware of the potential risks so they don’t put themselves or other road users at harm, and that can only be a good thing.”

The 'Check Dose - Why Wouldn't You?' promotion is part of the Think! Road Safety Partnership team’s Fatal Four campaign and is set to run throughout March advertising the message at key outdoor spots across the county.  Further Fatal Four campaigns are scheduled to run during 2017 promoting key safety messages such as don’t drink and drive, ignore your mobile phone while driving, slow down and belt up.

Notes to editors 

The Think! Norfolk partnership is made up of Norfolk County Council, Norfolk Constabulary, Norfolk Fire & Rescue Service, Norfolk Safety Camera Partnership and East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust.

For further information please contact:
Communications Team at Norfolk County Council
Tel: 01603 228888

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