The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is currently raising awareness about the dangers associated with drugged driving. Their “Drive High, Get a DUI” campaign is getting the word out that drugged driving is just as dangerous as drunk driving, and it can land you in jail just as quickly. Even some types of legally prescribed and over-the-counter medications can cause impairment behind the wheel. It’s possible to get a DUI on medicines you buy at your local grocery store or pharmacy. Additionally, with the increasing popularity in medical and recreational use of marijuana in California and all over the nation, drivers need to know that if you feel different, you drive different.
If You Feel Different, You Drive Different
Just because you’re not consuming alcohol, that doesn’t mean that you’re somehow safe from getting a DUI. No matter what substance you’re taking, whether it’s legally prescribed, over the counter or illicit, if it makes you feel different, it’s not safe behind the wheel. There are many legal drugs and medicines that are not safe behind the wheel.
Over-The-Counter and Prescription Drugs Behind The Wheel
If you’ve ever taken a prescription or over-the-counter drug that makes you feel kind of loopy or super drowsy, you should not be driving on it. If you’re not sure if a medicine is safe to drive with, check the label or ask your pharmacist. If it causes drowsiness or if the label says not to operate heavy machinery, you should not be driving on it.
Drive High, Get a DUI
At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter if you’re impaired because of alcohol consumption or some other type of substance. If your driving abilities and skills are impaired, you can get pulled over and arrested for driving under the influence. A DUI charge is still a DUI charge, even if you’re on a legally prescribed medication, so don’t take the risk.
If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a car accident with a suspected drugged driver in San Diego, along the Central Coast or in any of the surrounding communities, contact the skilled and proven team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation today.