When you hear about car accidents caused because of a DUI, you probably think of drinking and driving. But, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), drugs other than alcohol are involved in 18 percent of all motor vehicle deaths. Driving under the influence of drugs is just as illegal as drunk driving and just as dangerous.
Drugs and Driving
In California you can be found guilty of DUI if you are on drugs and those drugs interfere with your ability to operate a motor vehicle safely. It does not matter if the drugs are illegal such as methamphetamine or a legal prescription drug such as Vicodin. If you have a valid medical marijuana card and prescription, it is still illegal to drive while under the effects of the drug.
Just like alcohol, many drugs impair judgment, slow motor coordination, and otherwise keep one from driving to the best of their ability. When someone drives while under the influence of drugs, they are putting their lives and the lives of everyone else on the road in danger.
Staying Safe on the Road
Some people are under the mistaken impression that they drive better under the influence of marijuana or other drugs. Countless studies and the statistics show that marijuana and other drugs slow a driver’s reaction time and endanger the driver and others. The best way to stay safe on the roads is not to drive if you have had anything to drink or have taken anything that might hamper your ability to drive. This includes prescription painkillers and muscle relaxers.
Even if you are a sober driver, you cannot control what other drivers on the road decide to take before getting behind the wheel. When driving, it is important to remain alert and to report any drivers who are being reckless or creating dangerous situations. Staying safe while driving is about more than following the law. Safe driving requires focus and the ability to notice potential hazards before they put you in harm’s way.
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