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Driving Under the Influence of Marijuana

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Illinois DUI lawyerDriving under the influence of alcohol and driving under the influence of marijuana can cause serious injuries and even death if an accident was ever to occur. However, how each substance is measured is different. Individuals may use marijuana for medicinal purposes, but they still need to be aware of the potential dangers of driving after using the substance. Individuals are alarmed at what they find out about the dangers of driving after using marijuana.

What to Know About Marijuana Use and Driving

Three years ago, in 2014, there were about 7,000 individuals who started using marijuana or similar substances every day. During the weekend nights, as many as 13 percent of all drivers have some amount of marijuana in their system, compared to only nine percent of weekend nighttime drivers in 2007. Alcohol and marijuana are the two biggest contributors to drugged driving.

How Does Marijuana Affect Safe Driving?

Like alcohol, marijuana can have some negative effects on the driver’s body and could potentially cause a serious car accident. This drug is known for slowing the driver’s reaction time and ability to make any quick decisions, and can also cause impairment in coordination. If the driver consumes both alcohol and marijuana and drives behind the wheel, then he or she is at a much greater risk of impaired driving than that for either marijuana or alcohol.

How Is Driving Under the Influence of Marijuana Different Than That of Alcohol?

A roadside test for drug levels in the body does not exist, yet marijuana can stay in the user’s system for several weeks after the last time the drug was used. This truly depends on how much and how frequently a person uses marijuana. If drivers have an illegal blood alcohol concentration level, drug tests are not always administered because of the amount of evidence against them regarding driving under the influence.

Contact Your Oak Brook DUI Defense Attorney

Being charged with driving under the influence of marijuana may cause very serious consequences. The driver’s license may be suspended, or even revoked, depending on the severity of the charge. If you have been accused of committing a DUI, then you need effective legal representation. At McMahon Law Offices, we have over 24 years of experience in representing clients in DUI defense matters. For a free initial consultation, please call a DuPage County DUI defense lawyer at 630-953-4400 to discuss your case. We are also available in the evening and during the weekend.



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