This holiday season, 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 holiday season, and make sure you don’t get into a car with a driver who is under the influence.
- THC slows reaction times, impairs cognitive performance, and makes it more difficult to keep a steady lane position.
- Cold medication and other over-the-counter drugs can impair your driving – making you drowsy and less alert.
- 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
- Plan a safe and sober ride home before drinking alcohol.
- If you have ingested an impairing substance, such as prescription drugs, sleep medication, marijuana, or any illegal drug, do not drive.
- Know someone who has ingested an impairing substance? Do not let them get behind the wheel.
- If you’re hosting a party, make sure everyone has a sober ride home.
- Always wear your seat belt. It’s your best defense against impaired drivers.
- If you see an impaired driver, call law enforcement.