How Different Drugs Harm Drivers

It is well known that driving with alcohol in your system is dangerous and illegal if you have more than the legal limit. It’s always best to plan ahead if you’re going to be drinking and figure out how you’ll get from place to place without having to drive yourself. There are many options to choose from, such as taxi services for rideshares and designated drivers.

Take drugs and drive It is also extremely dangerous not to mention the substance you have in your system and on your person could be illegal. But even with laws against the use of certain substances and drunk driving, 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 serious injuries and die in catastrophic crashes have at least one drug in their system at the time of their crash.

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Drugs and impaired driving

Illegal drugs and prescription drugs can affect a driver’s ability to operate their car safely. Consider the following substances and how they affect a driver’s behavior:

  • Marijuana suppresses the system and this can lead to 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 cause them to drive much more aggressively.
  • Combining more than one substance or associating drugs with alcohol can quickly increase a person’s level of intoxication.
  • You should consult your pharmacist or be sure to read the label when using over-the-counter and prescription medications. The reason is that these drugs can also have side effects. Some of the most common include increased drowsiness, you may have balance problems, and you may become dizzy. There are many side effects that you might experience even when using certain legal medications correctly. If your medications have warnings that include not driving while you have them in your system, you should follow this advice and avoid driving.

You may feel differently when you take certain drugs, but it is very difficult to accurately judge how intoxicated you are. In some situations, you may not even be able to remember what you did while under the influence of a particular drug.

So a good rule of thumb is if you take something and it changes the way you feel, don’t drive.

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