Across the United States, state vehicle codes state that people shall not drive after taking a substance that alters the central nervous system, impairs their mental or physical abilities, and renders them incapable of driving safely. Many states have strict laws that prohibit driving after taking drugs, alcohol, or other substances that can impair a person’s ability to drive. This article aims to explain why it is important to refrain from driving after taking any substances that could impair your driving ability and the potential consequences of doing otherwise.
Why Not Drive After Taking A Substance?
Driving after taking a substance, especially an illegal drug, can put the driver and others on the road in danger. Even legal substances such as alcohol and some prescription medications can impair a person’s judgment and reaction time, leading to a greater risk of accidents. While in some states the exact limit of legal intoxicants is 0.08 BAC, many states have adopted a stricter “no tolerance” policy whereby a BAC of 0.02 or higher could be considered legally intoxicated. Additionally, driving after taking illegal drugs such as marijuana, heroin, or cocaine can lead to criminal penalties if a person is found to be impaired.
Furthermore, driving while under the influence can compromise the safety of other drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians on the road. Even if no one is physically injured, the person impaired by drugs or alcohol could be liable for any property damage caused. Those who choose to drive after taking substances can face criminal charges, a license suspension, and be required to pay fines and fees.
Alternatives To Driving Under The Influence
There are many alternatives to driving under the influence. Individuals can designate a sober driver before drinking, or use public transportation or ride-sharing apps. If they have only had one or two drinks, people can also walk home or call a friend or family member for a ride. Those with a designated driver can also be confident that they will be able to return home safely, without having to worry about the risks associated with impaired driving.
In conclusion, most states have stringent vehicle codes stating that an individual shall not drive after taking a substance that alters the central nervous system and impairs their mental or physical abilities because it can lead to serious accidents and criminal charges. If you choose to drink alcohol or use drugs, always remember to find an alternative method of getting home.