Impaired driving doesn’t always mean alcohol was involved

On Behalf of | Jul 5, 2018 | Firm News |

Drugged driving isn’t a problem that impacts only the driver. It can affect everyone who knows that person, as well as those who are on the road when the person is behind the wheel. It is imperative that all drivers take the time to recognize what it means to be driving impaired because this doesn’t always have to do with alcohol.

One important thing that people don’t realize is that illegal drugs do not always lead to a DWI charge. This fact alone means that people might actually be breaking the law without realizing what they are doing.

Does a medication cause impairment?

Any driver who takes medication, whether prescription or over the counter, is at risk of driving impaired. Many of these cause dizziness or fatigue that can make driving dangerous. Drivers need to be able to give their full attention to the road, including their mental abilities. Not being able to focus on what is going on can be detrimental to their abilities.

Because people react to medications differently, there isn’t any way to determine how specific individuals will react to them. You have to find out what is going to happen when you take them. This can mean taking a few doses before you decide to drive. You can check the warnings on the packaging or information to find out what is possible.

How is drugged driving proven in court?

If you are arrested on drugged driving charges, there isn’t a test like a blood alcohol test that you can be given. The BAC test gives an indication of the level of alcohol in your system right then. Because alcohol leaves the system as impairment goes down, this is a good way to determine impairment. This isn’t the case with drugs. Many drugs, including marijuana and narcotics, will still show up in the blood work long after the effects have worn off, which presents a challenge.

What can defendants do?

Defendants must learn their options for handling the defense. Looking at the specific points of the case can help to determine this. Once these are known, they can look into how each option might help or harm them in court. If you are in this position, be sure that you know your rights and review what possibilities exist in your case.