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.