It is well-known that driving with alcohol in your system is dangerous and illegal if you have more than the legal limit. It is always best to plan ahead if you will be drinking and determine how you will get from place to place without having to drive yourself. There are many options to choose from such as taxi services, rideshares, and designated drivers.
Taking drugs and getting behind the wheel is also extremely unsafe not to mention the substance you have in your system and on your person could be illegal. But even with laws against consuming certain substances and driving while intoxicated, impaired drivers with alcohol, drugs, or a combination in their system are prevalent on American roads. According to the National Highway Safety Administration, 56% of drivers who sustain severe injuries and die in catastrophic collisions have at least one drug in their system at the time of their crash.
If you were injured in a crash in Mississippi or if you lost a loved one in a fatal accident, please call the Jackson car accident attorneys at Germany Law Firm, PLLC for help with a personal injury claim.
Drugs and Impaired Driving
Both illicit and prescription drugs can have an effect on a driver’s ability to safely operate their automobile. Consider the following substances and how they change a driver’s behavior:
- Marijuana represses the system and this can result in a slower reaction to changing situations. Marijuana can reduce coordination and derail responsible judgment.
- Stimulants like cocaine or methamphetamine can increase a driver’s erratic behavior and can cause them to drive much more aggressively.
- Combining more than one substance or pairing drugs with alcohol can rapidly increase the level of inebriation a person is experiencing.
- You should consult with your pharmacist or make sure to read the label when you use over-the-counter medications and prescription medicines. The reason why is because these drugs can also have side effects. Some of the most common include increased drowsiness, you may have balance issues and you could become dizzy. There are many side effects that you might experience even when you are using certain legal medications the right way. If your medications have warnings listed that include not driving when you have them in your system, you should take that advice and avoid getting behind the wheel.
You may feel differently when you are on certain drugs but it is very difficult to accurately judge how impaired you actually are. In some situations, you may not even be able to remember anything you did when you were under the influence of a particular drug.
So, a good rule of thumb is if you take something and it alters the way that you feel, do not drive.
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