Your cold and flu remedy could land you with a driving ban

It’s cold and flu season again and if you’re unfortunate enough to have had a dose you may have opted for an over the counter decongestant or cough syrup to alleviate some of the discomfort.

You may be surprised to learn that over the counter remedies could land you with a hefty fine and even a ban from driving altogether under drug driving laws.

The effects of driving while on medication

Many over the counter medications include drugs which can influence your ability to drive. Some of the effects of drug driving are:

  • Reduced inhibitions
  • Slower reactions
  • Less control over your vehicle
  • Poor judgement of speed or distances
  • Impaired eyesight

What constitutes drug driving?

It doesn’t matter if your medication is prescribed, store-bought or illegal. If you are found to be over the legal limit for drugs in your system you will be convicted of an offence.

Under the Road Traffic Act 1988, police must prove someone’s driving is impaired due to drugs in order to bring a prosecution. The latest amendment to the act specified certain drugs which if taken before driving will result in prosecution.

Does that mean you shouldn’t drive at all?

Of course not. Millions of people everyday take medications and go about their daily life without any problems. If you are concerned that your medication does have side-effects that impair your ability to drive, speak to your doctor to see if there is an alternative or if you could perhaps adjust your dosage.

It is your responsibility to make sure that you are fit to drive. If you take medicine and are then found to be over the legal limit it is your responsibility. Ultimately these laws are here to keep not only you and your passengers safe, but other road users and pedestrians too.

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