Substance misuse and driving
It is possible for a person to be unfit to drive due to chronic long-term consumption of alcohol and drugs (both illicit and over the counter). Any driver who suffers from a dependence on alcohol and/or other substances is legally required to notify the Registrar or Motor Vehicles of their condition.
How does this affect my driving ability?
- Slower reaction speed and impaired learning ability
- Impaired visual and scanning functions
- Impairments in executive functions including problem solving, attention span, ability to focus, impulsiveness and organisation.
- Withdrawals may also induce seizures and hallucinations
- Possibility of heightened risk taking behaviour
What precautions can I take?
- Do not drive a vehicle if you are under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Pull over if you start to feel dizzy, emotional, tired or unable to focus
- Ensure you are taking any prescription medication as required