New law brings drug driving limits into force…

Since the 1970s, the users of our roadways here in the UK have been the subject of numerous safety campaigns such as those highlighting the use of safety belts and not drink driving. Moreover, the British Isles has some of the strictest laws on safety for example the MoT test and now roadside cameras which can detect a car’s insurance policy and tax state too. We also know that sticking to the speed limit is highly advised and that driving whilst drunk is totally unacceptable.

A new drug-drive limit has been unveiled meaning that should you be found over the new drug-drive limits you will be prosecuted in the same way as a drink-driver. Although drugs such as: diamorphine, heroin, methamphetamine, cannabis and cocaine are listed, there are also a number of prescribed medicines that are also tested for at the roadside. Yet when quizzed by Kwik-Fit insurance services, 1028 adults didn’t know that prescribed drugs were also on the list and had set limits. A selection of the legal drugs are Clonazepam (currently used to deal with seizures and panic attacks) – 50µg/L, Diazepam (an anti-anxiety drug) – 550µg/L, Flunitrazepam (Rohypnol – sedative) – 300µg/L, Lorazepam (anti-anxiety) – 100µg/L, Oxazepam (anti-anxiety) – 300µg/L and Temazepam (anti-anxiety and sedative) – 1,000µg/L.

Although the controls are set at levels which if you have been prescribed the medicine by your doctor then you will not have to worry, however, the advice is that you must be able to prove this and consequently you should carry the evidence with you in the vehicle. The guidelines once convicted of being over the legal limit suggest, up to a £5000 fine, a minimum 1 year ban and a criminal conviction. A number of the major insurance providers are declining to insure anyone convicted of a drug-driving offence and pay a visit to certain countries will probably be harder or even impossible.

It is accepted that it is hazardous and foolhardy to drive whilst over any one of the set legal limits but drivers still place themselves in the driver’s seat of a car or van even though they are suffering with an anxiety related issue that is amplified or worsens whilst in the driver’s seat of a car. This practise could well be compared to purposefully driving without the correct glasses or lenses. Our cars have grown to be a main source of independence, getting us from one location to another quite easily and affordably. The services provided by our public transport are not necessarily on time, go where we would like or as quickly as we would like, let alone the cost. Yet some drivers prefer to drive without thought of repercussions. If you are anxious about driving a car, or your panic may be triggered at any point when you are driving, you should, in truth, not be driving.

On the list of legal medicines that are included in this new law, drugs that happen to be used to tackle anxiousness stand out as those which might see you over the limit. The market place is crowded with anti-anxiety drugs which means that your doctor may be prepared to prescribe an alternative solution that will not affect driving ability.

By seeking the services of a well-qualified and skilled hypnotherapist, anxiety conditions can be eradicated or vastly reduced. Hypnotherapy does offer a real alternative option to medicine. It is accepted this hypnotherapy treatment may not be for everyone, but for the majority of people it is an extremely successful way to reduce and alleviate panic, anxiety and stress, not only providing an improved quality of life but also making you safer on the roads and responsible in the driver’s seat.

Andy Cox from Assured Effects Hypnotherapy based in Dorset said, “I work a lot with driving anxiety, particularly fear of motorway driving. I have happily spent a session with some drivers out on the road to help them overcome their fears”

Do please contact me to discover more about reducing stress, anxiety and panic.

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