July 13th, 2017 | ASAH Team
While on road, a driver is expected to be in his or her senses, able to perceive distance, time, space, etc. in a correct way to diminish the chances of road accidents. Despite being aware of such requirements, people tend to dive under the influence of substances that increases the risk of accidents. Alcohol is just one of the innumerable substances that can impair one’s ability to operate a motor vehicle. Although the offense of “driving under the influence” (DUI) is commonly associated with drunken driving, this umbrella term also includes other substances within its fold.
Besides slowing down the speed at which the brain operates, alcohol also impairs concentration, hand-eye coordination, judgement-making ability and reaction time, which are the essential ingredients for safe driving. Besides alcohol, driving under the influence of any drug, be it medical marijuana, legally prescribed muscle relaxants, other prescription medications, illegal drugs, etc., can endanger the lives of both the person behind the wheel as well as other commuters and pedestrians. Therefore, drunken driving is considered a serious offense.
Though different drugs affect driving in different ways, substances that affect the key cognitive and motor skills required while driving are as lethal as alcohol. Though the effects of illegal drugs are more or less similar to alcohol, they inflict some additional impairments:
Besides the common illicit drugs, some drugs can be legally purchased from a pharmacy but can be equally dangerous when abused. Consumption of such over-the-counter (OTC) drugs at the time of driving could also be considered a DUI offense. Some common drugs that can impair drivers are:
Besides the above drugs, many other substances increase the chances of witnessing accidents while driving on road. According to a report released in 2014, 27.7 million people aged 16 or older (11.1 percent) drove under the influence of alcohol, and 10.1 million (4.1 percent) drove under the influence of illicit drugs in the past year. About 7 million people aged 16 or older (2.8 percent) drove under the influence of alcohol and illicit drugs.
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