Driving Under the Influence of Drugs
DUIs are most commonly associated with drunk drivers. In reality, drunk drivers represent only one group that composes DUI arrests. Often times, DUI arrests result from drivers who are under the influence of drugs. Drugs include prescription drugs, over-the-counter drugs, illegal drugs, or any other foreign substance that impairs your judgment.
Drivers impaired by drugs are the cause of several types of car accidents that can result in severe injury and death. In many cases, these drivers also face illegal drugs possession charges. Using drugs and driving is a serious offense that may have grave consequences.
Mixing drugs in small doses can be even more dangerous than taking one drug in excess. For instance, mixing small amounts of marijuana and alcohol can impair your judgment much more than smoking a large amount of marijuana or drinking a large amount of alcohol alone.
Different drugs affect people in different ways, but each can seriously impair a person’s ability to safely operate an automobile. Some common effects of drug use are:
Reduced reaction time, which can be the difference between braking to avoid a fellow motorist and causing a major car wreck
Impaired eyesight, which can make a driver unaware of his or her surroundings
Physical impairment, which may lead to injuries of both the driver and other motorists
Hallucinations, which may cause a driver to lose sight of the task of driving
Irrational behavior, which may cause a driver to become overwhelmed with emotions, making him or her dangerous to other motorists
When coupled with operating an automobile, the effects of using drugs become hazardous to everyone on the road. Those who drive under the influence of drugs put fellow motorists in danger. Those who actually do cause injuries and death should be held accountable for their actions.