Drugged driving is just as bad as drunk driving

On Behalf of | Mar 23, 2017 | Drunk Driving |

Many drivers in Boston are not aware of how dangerous drugged driving is. The number of motorists on the roads is increasing each day. So is the number of intoxicated vehicle operators. Many of these drivers are not drunk on alcohol; they are under the influence of drugs.

Many medications and illegal substances can cause users to experience many of the same symptoms that drunk motorists experience. According to CNN.com, common drugs that drugged drivers use include cocaine, opioids, amphetamines and marijuana. Dizziness, loss of motor skills, incoherence, slurred speech and impaired judgment skills and reaction times are just some of the symptoms that affect both drunk and drugged motorists. Usually, these side effects do not immediately occur after use. Many people assume that they feel fine enough to operate their vehicles, only to end up exhibiting signs of intoxication while they are behind the wheel and facing DUI charges.

Unlike drunk driving, law enforcement does not have roadside tests they can administer to know the type and amount of drugs users are on. This makes the detection, enforcement and prosecution of drugged driving harder, states the National Council for Behavioral Health, but not impossible. Many drivers who are under the influence of drugs exhibit similar behaviors as drunk drivers, such as weaving in lanes, driving too fast and slow, drowsiness and aggression, making it easier for law enforcement and other drivers to spot them.

Motorists who use medications should avoid operating any vehicles until they know how their bodies will respond to them. Those who decide to drive without learning how their medications affect them should take measures to reduce their chances of car accidents.