Feeling sleepy? Having a hard time focusing? Or is that recent medical prescription speeding you up?
Doctor prescribed meds or working all night, you can get a DWI/DUI without ever having a drink. Read labels carefully. Check in with yourself.
Driving while impaired (DWI) falls under the larger category, drunk driving. DUI's apply to: legal and illegal drugs; sleepiness; distractions; and medical conditions. As a driver, you are responsible for knowing to drive only with a clear state of mind.
Don't get in a car with a driver who is impaired. They may seem under control, but reaction time and focus may be limited.
If you are emotionally distraught, do not drive. And please do not fight or have distracting, deeply emotional conversations while on the road.
Impaired Driving Facts
Impaired driving is responsible for more than 50% of all crashes.
Up to 13% of drivers on nights and weekends are estimated to be stoned. In states that have legalized marijuana, while traffic fatalities have not increased, traffic accidents have.
Marijuana users were about 25% more likely to be involved in car crashes than people with no indicated marijuana use.
Drowsy driving is impaired driving
Over 72,000 crashes and 44,000 injuries were the result of driving drowsy in 2013. Driving while tired may be responsible for up to 6,000 deaths a year.
Did you miss an exit? If short term memory seems to be a problem, you may be too tired to drive. Remember the last few miles? What did you pass? Pull over and take a nap.
That prescription medication could earn you a DWI. The new opioid epidemic is bringing up new reports from law enforcement that drugged driving is on the rise. Even though opioids are in the news, any prescription drug that negatively impacts driving can be considered drugged or reckless driving. It does not matter if you are taking the correct dose.
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