Not Just Alcohol, How do Drugs Affect Your Driving?
How Drugs Can Affect Your Driving
Alcohol is typically what comes to mind when people think about driving under the influence. However, it is possible for you to drive under the influence even if you have not consumed any alcohol. Certain drugs can impair your driving ability. This includes illegal and prescription drugs.
A 2010 survey done by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration that found that 10 million Americans who drove under the influence tested positive for drugs. Another study showed that 18 percent of people who were involved in a fatal car accident had at least one drug in their system. Additionally, 20 percent of motorists who were involved in an accident tested positive for drugs in 2009.
Many people will never get behind the wheel after they have been drinking. However, they often use dangerous drugs while they are driving. Drugs can affect a person the same way as alcohol. Certain prescription and illegal drugs can impair reaction time. This can make it difficult for a person to brake and avoid an accident.
Certain prescription drugs and illicit drugs can also impair judgement. Good judgment is needed in order to avoid an accident. Furthermore, certain drugs can make one drowsy. This can increase one’s risk of falling asleep behind the wheel.
Drugged Driving Laws
DUI is prosecuted pursuant to Florida Statute 316.193. You can be arrested if you are caught driving under the influence of a drug. Unlike alcohol, there is no legal limit for drugs. This means that anyone can be arrested for driving under the influence even if you are using a legally prescribed drug. A conviction will result in a suspension of your driver’s license as well as reporting probation, fines, court costs, cost of prosecution, DUI type schools, vehicle impound,
community service, random drug/alcohol screens and jail time.
You can call the Law Office of Miguel C. Fernández III P.A. if you are in need of a DUI lawyer in Fort Myers. We can help you. We fight aggressively for our clients.