Man smoking marijuana in car.

Man smoking marijuana in car.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is continuing to raise awareness about the dangers of drug impaired driving. They’re spreading the word that drugged driving is just as dangerous as drunk driving, and it doesn’t matter whether the drug was legally prescribed or not. Their “If You Feel Different, You Drive Different” campaign has been all about educating motorists about the dangerous effects of drugged driving. If you’re on a medication or drug that impacts your wakefulness or cognition, you’re not sober to drive. Drugged driving is every bit as dangerous as drunk driving, and it can just as easily get you arrested with a DUI charge.

Drugged Driving Statistics

  • From 2007 to 2015, marijuana usage doubled among drives killed in crashes.
  • In 2015, of the drivers killed and tested for drugs, 42 percent were positive for drugs.

Marijuana Use Behind The Wheel

With legalized medical and recreational use of marijuana sweeping the nation, safety advocates are concerned about the increase in injury causing and potentially fatal crashes involving drugged drivers on U.S. roadways. If you’re using marijuana or any other kind of drug, you should not be getting behind the wheel. It doesn’t matter how good you think your driving abilities are. If you drive high, you could get a DUI.

Legally Prescribed and Over-The-Counter Meds

You can also get a DUI for driving under the influence of certain legally prescribed drugs and over-the-counter medications. Any type of substance that impacts your ability to safely operate a motor vehicle can put you at risk for a DUI. This includes popular sleep medications like Ambien or any type of drug with a warning about operating heavy machinery. If you’re not sure about the side effects of a certain medication, ask your doctor or pharmacist. It’s better to be safe than sorry. If a medication makes you drowsy or impacts your physical or cognitive abilities, don’t get behind the wheel while taking it.

Drive High, Get a DUI

If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a crash involving a suspected drugged driver in San Diego or anywhere along the Central Coast, contact the skilled and proven team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation today.

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