An unfortunate side-effect of the legalization and decriminalization of certain drugs is that there has been an uptick in the number of drugged driving incidents. This does not even begin to take into account the plethora of over the counter and prescription drugs that can impair reaction and perception. It’s a growing problem that, so far, remains relatively unnoticed. This article will go over how drugs affect your driving ability and what that can mean if you are pulled over.
In 2015, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (or “MADD”) changed their mission statement to include a fight against drugged driving in recognition of this growing issue. Drugged driving is just as serious as drunk driving. This issue is relatively new and only now being confronted by states in a coordinated matter. There is still no consistent reporting, data collection or influence standards like with drunk driving. Additionally, because of the great diversity of available drugs ? it is difficult to pin down a single golden standard (like the 0.08 percent blood alcohol content).
Moreover, many of the people that get behind the wheel are not being irresponsible or have sinister intent; many people honestly do not appreciate the danger they are in. Until reliable data are collected, drive carefully after you take prescriptions or other drugs. Or, err on the side of caution, and refrain from driving until the drug leaves your system.
Don’t think that because there are all of these reporting issues that drugged driving is any less serious. If anything, the uncertainty makes you vulnerable to aggressive prosecutions and police investigations. The uncertainty gives the police and prosecutors room to lean on you with inconsistent reporting and laws.
If you were arrested for driving while under the influence of drugs, then you may want to call a criminal defense attorney. These charges are manageable but still serious. An attorney can go over your options and recommend the best defense strategy.