The use of drugs is something that shouldn’t be done before driving. Drugged driving can lead to criminal charges and serious accidents. It is always best to avoid taking drugs before you get behind the wheel.

Some people don’t realize how medications will impact them when they are driving. Even some over-the-counter medications and prescription drugs can cause problems. It is easy to assume that only illegal substances would cause impairment, but that simply isn’t the case.

Even marijuana can lead to trouble driving. Studies note that drivers who are impaired by marijuana are more likely to weave in and out of lanes, pay less attention to the road and have a poor reaction time.

Drivers should pay close attention to how the medications and other substances affect them before they get behind the wheel. This is especially true if you are taking things like antihistamines or sedatives. If you notice that they are making you dizzy or drowsy, you shouldn’t drive while taking them.

Alcohol can increase the side effects of these, so make sure that you don’t add this into the mix. Additionally, remember that drinking and driving is also illegal.

It is more difficult to determine if a driver is impaired from drugs that it is for alcohol. This is because drugs can remain in the body for longer than the effects so a driver who tests positive for drugs might not be impaired.

Those who are facing drugged driving charges need to gather as much information as possible about the cases against them so they can decide how to handle their defenses.

Source: National Institute on Drug Abuse, “Drugged Driving,” accessed May 18, 2018