Definition of drug-driving in English:



  • The action or offense of driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs, typically ones that are illegal.

    ‘police are about to crack down on drug-driving’
    • ‘Current research suggests drug-driving may now be a worse problem than drink-driving.’
    • ‘The campaign was launched as new statistics showed fatalities caused by drug-driving rose from 18 per cent to 25 per cent in the last three years.’
    • ‘At the moment police can pull over motorists on suspicion of drug-driving, but can arrest them only if they fail relatively imprecise physical and mental impairment tests.’
    • ‘The launch follows increasing evidence that suggests drug-driving is as prevalent as drink-driving among young motorists.’
    • ‘Sgt Chris White from Chelmsford Police said although incidents of drug-driving were rare in the town, it was very dangerous.’
    • ‘While the figures for drug-driving are lower than drunk-driving, they show that almost a quarter (22%) of the drug-users surveyed did drive within a few hours of taking drugs.’
    • ‘Mr Hughes said: "The true extent of drug-driving remains hidden yet we increasingly know that such behaviour leads to casualties on the roads."’
    • ‘While thousands of motorists are prosecuted each year for drink and drug-driving, no test exists to prove a driver is too exhausted or unwell to be on the road.’
    • ‘The police have been given powers to compel drivers suspected of "drug-driving" to undertake impairment tests, which include standing on one leg.’
    • ‘North Yorkshire Police is also supporting a regional campaign against drug-driving and officers will arrest anyone suspected of being under the influence.’
    • ‘Cards will also be handed out to car drivers to inform them where to park and, as a footnote, to give a little health warning about the dangers of drug-driving.’
    • ‘He presents an analysis of how public policy in relation to drug-driving might be developed, co-ordinated and implemented.’
    • ‘The Government will then decide how to proceed with new laws to curb the growing problem of drug-driving.’
    • ‘The government has set targets for substantial road casualty reductions by 2010, and tackling drug-driving will form part of the police action to meet those targets, alongside educating the public and enforcing drug-driving legislation.’
    • ‘"But drug-driving is a very dangerous offence," he said.’
    • ‘But the RAC Foundation now believes that drug-driving could have become more prevalent than drink-driving.’
    • ‘The increasing focus on speed cameras and decline in traffic police means that offences such as drug-driving and careless driving could be going unchecked.’
    • ‘Relatives of the victims called for more traffic police on patrol and strong sentences to deter people from drink- and drug-driving.’