We've all heard hundreds of times that drugs are dangerous and that taking them can destroy lives. We also know that driving a vehicle after taking drugs has a dire effect on our ability to drive. Nevertheless, more drivers than ever are testing positive in roadside drug tests, to the point that one out of every two drivers involved in an accident has taken some kind of illegal substance.
With the GOAL ZERO DRUGS WHEN DRIVING campaign we aim to demonstrate that if you take drugs you are not in full control. In a moment of euphoria everything seems possible, but under the effects of drugs you are not thinking clearly.
Do you really know for sure what effects different drugs can have on your ability to drive?
- Cannabis: It makes you feel relaxed to the point of becoming drowsy at the wheel; it alters your perception of space which means it impairs your ability to calculate distances; and it dramatically reduces driver reaction times, the ability to concentrate and reflexes.
- Cocaine: It makes you impulsive, competitive and even aggressive with other drivers; it gives you a false sense of control; it changes your perception of the traffic around you and reduces your ability to concentrate, making you more susceptible to distractions and slowing down your reaction time in dangerous situations.
- Ecstasy (MDMA): It causes optical illusions and increases sensitivity to light, thereby increasing the chances of being dazzled or suffering from blurred vision; and it reduces attention levels and the ability to concentrate in traffic. Once the immediate effects of its consumption wear off, it leaves you feeling physically and mentally exhausted and open to experiencing flashbacks at the wheel.
- LSD: It changes your perception of reality and can even cause hallucinations and imaginary visions, causing emotional disturbances that depend greatly on the prevalent mood of the user, which can lead to anxiety and even panic attacks while driving.
- Amphetamines: They produce a feeling of euphoria and excitement, giving rise to violent and/or unpredictable reactions which are therefore inexplicable to other drivers. They also make you overestimate your own capabilities, thereby increasing the level of risk in the way your drive.
· There are also medicines that can cause effects such as drowsiness, euphoria and sudden feelings of anxiety which can have a dire effect on your ability to drive. If you are taking medication, always read the package insert before driving.
There are no excuses. If you take drugs, don't drive; be responsible and stop anyone else who has taken drugs from driving.
Help us to prevent more drug-related fatalities on the roads. Join GOAL ZERO.
“DRUGS AND DRIVING. UNDERLYING FACTORS BEHIND RISKY BEHAVIOR”
Fundación MAPFRE has presented its study on “Drugs and Driving. Underlying factors behind risky behavior”, produced in collaboration with the FAD (Foundation for Help Against Drug Addiction), the results of which represent an in-depth study of young people's perceptions and beliefs about the risks associated with driving. Click on the following link to view the study.