The Road Safety Authority (RSA) have produced information on some of the risks involved as follows:-
Driving Under the Influence of Illicit Drugs and/or the Abuse of Prescription Drugs.
Gardaí can now test a driver's oral fluid for cannabis, cocaine, opiates (for example, heroin and morphine) and benzodiazepines (for example Valium).
Medicines and Driving
Medications that can have negative effects include: Medicines that are prescribed by your doctor. Non-prescription medicines from your pharmacy (often called 'over-the-counter' medicines). Herbal medicines or supplements.
Mobile Phones and Driving
It is illegal to use a mobile phone while driving. Using a phone as a driver takes all of your attention off driving so you’re putting yourself and the lives of other people in danger. Even if you’re a careful driver, you can easily get distracted by a phone call or text message and you could have a crash.
Driver Tiredness and Fatigue
Across Europe at least 4,000 people are killed each year as a result of driver tiredness. Research indicates that driver fatigue could be a contributory factor in 1 in 5 driver deaths in Ireland.