Drug-impaired driving can be very dangerous. Even if it’s something legal, the possible effects of the drug can make driving just too risky. As a result, it’s important to know what you need to be careful about taking before getting behind the wheel of a car…
Drug-Impaired Driving: Different DUI’s
What it is
Drug-impaired driving is a very simple concept. Basically, it’s when someone is driving while under the effects of behavior-changing drugs. The effect of these drugs will usually not just put the driver at risk, but also other drivers who are also out on the road as well.
Plus, these drugs aren’t just illegal ones. Legal ones can cause just as much trouble for a driver too. For instance, 21.4 million people who were 16 or up drank alcohol before they drove. By comparison, 12.8 million people of the same age range took some kind of illicit drug before driving. However, nearly 50% of those who got into accidents tested positive for some type of drug.
How it happens
The thing about drug-impaired driving is that different drugs can have different effects. These different effects can impact your driving abilities in different ways. For instance, take something like marijuana. This drug tends to slow down reaction times, judgement, and makes it hard to judge time and distance, all key things related to driving.
On the other hand, something like cocaine can make someone aggressive, and cause them to be more reckless when driving. There’s also legal, prescribed drugs, like opioids or sedatives. Opioids (and especially their side-effects) can cause sluggishness and memory issues. Sedatives can lead to drowsiness, as well as dizziness.
There’s a lot of ways you can avoid drug-impaired driving. For starters, try to avoid taking any drugs with these effects if you know you need to drive later. The last thing you want is to potentially be impaired before taking a trip somewhere. Be sure to double-check the instructions on things like prescription pills in order to check if they might impact your driving ability.
Another method is to have a designated driver. Impaired drivers can’t accurately judge if they’re unable to drive safely. A designated driver, however, can get that person home safely. Don’t forget about ride-sharing apps like Uber as well!