If You Feel Different, You Drive Different

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42 % Of the drivers killed in fatal crashes who were tested, tested positive for drugs. (2016)

This Labor Day holiday period, remember that drug-impaired driving is illegal and just as dangerous as drunk driving. Illegal drugs, prescription medication, and some over-the-counter drugs can inhibit brain function by negatively impacting your motor coordination and reaction time. Driving while drug-impaired puts you, your passengers, pedestrians, and other drivers in danger. Have a plan this Labor Day weekend, and make sure you don’t get into a car with a driver who is under the influence. Take the quiz below to test your knowledge of drug-impaired driving, and then check out the resources to learn about how dangerous it is.

FAST FACTS

  1. THC slows reaction times, impairs cognitive performance, and makes it more difficult to keep a steady lane position.
  2. Cold medication and other over-the-counter drugs can impair your driving – making you drowsy and less alert.
  3. Discuss the effects that your prescription drugs have on your driving with your doctor or pharmacist.

DUI Is More Than Just Alcohol

In a 2014 survey, 1 in 4 drivers tested positive for a drug that could impair their driving ability. Remember that just like driving after drinking, driving while under the influence of drugs can get you arrested.

BE RESPONSIBLE: HAVE A PLAN

  1. Plan a safe and sober ride home before drinking alcohol.
  2. If you have ingested an impairing substance, such as prescription drugs, sleep medication, marijuana, or any illegal drug, do not drive.
  3. Know someone who has ingested an impairing substance? Do not let them get behind the wheel. 
  4. If you’re hosting a party, make sure everyone has a sober ride home.
  5. Always wear your seat belt. It’s your best defense against impaired drivers.
  6. If you see an impaired driver, call law enforcement.

The Dangers of Drunk Driving

In 2017, 28% of drivers who died in crashes were drunk at the time. Learn more about drunk driving here, and always remember to plan a sober ride home.