Driving Under the Influence – Not Just from Alcohol

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When you hear of someone getting a DUI most people believe that the person was driving under the influence of alcohol. And although that is often the case, it is not the only way a person can be driving under the influence. There are other ways that a person could be driving under the influence that are equally as unsafe, as driving under the influence of alcohol. Keep reading to understand the other ways a person could be driving under the influence.

Illegal Drugs

A person who consumes illegal drugs like cocaine or heroin is going to have a difficult time driving safely. A person being pulled over while under the influence of illegal drugs will receive a DUI. Driving under the influence of illegal drugs is dangerous. A person driving under the influence of illegal drugs could cause an accident, be arrested and/or lose his or her license.

Prescription Medications

Prescription medications are not illegal if being taken as prescribed. However, some prescription medications have side effects that can alter a person’s ability to drive. They can have side effects that include but are not limited to, dizziness, sleepiness, feeling unbalanced. A person taking a medication that makes them feel dizzy or sleepy is driving under the influence of a medication.

Certain medications can alter a person’s ability to drive safely. A person taking a prescription medication can be just as dangerous as a person who consumes illegal drugs. In fact, it is possible that a person taking a prescription medication can be more dangerous. They may not realize until it is too late, that the prescription medication is altering their abilities to drive safely.

It is highly recommended that a person beginning a new medication, with the possible side effects of dizziness or sleepiness, to take it when they will not have to get behind the wheel for several hours. By taking the medication hours before driving a person can see, what, if any, side effects they may experience. Be aware, some medications require a build up over time to be effective, so watch out for side effects for several days.

Lack of Sleep

Although lack of sleep is not technically driving under the influence, it has similar effects. A person who has not gotten enough sleep will have slower reflexes and could fall asleep behind the wheel. Lack of sleep can be equally as dangerous as driving drunk, driving under the influence of drugs, illegal or prescription.

Driving under the influence of alcohol, illegal drugs, certain prescribed medications and lack of sleep are all extremely dangerous. A person driving under any of those conditions may lack the necessary reflexes, could potentially fall asleep at the wheel or be unable to make good decisions.

The consequences of driving under the influence can be life-altering. A person could lose his or her license, temporarily or permanently. A person could cause an accident, injuring or killing someone. Nothing good can come from a person driving under the influence, so be smart And make smart decisions. Do not drive under the influence so that you and everyone around you can get home safely.

About Wendy Lynch

Wendy Lynch has been writing articles since 2012, for a variety of websites. She has knowledge in SEO and is continually trying to learn more so she can grow as a writer. She is a Mom and a Computer teacher. She has been married for over 15 years.