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Drugged Driving and Its Effects on Society

Posted on in DUI Defense

Illinois DUI lawyerWe are now into 2018, with most of us on a clean slate. On New Year’s Eve, there are always parties that occur, which often include alcohol. Even though most people create a strategy to return home safely and without legal interference, DUI’s often occur around this time. Driving after consuming alcohol is very dangerous and can cause you and those affected undesired consequences, such as a criminal record, serious injury, or even death. However, mixing drugs and alcohol has been proven to be more potent than just alcohol by itself.

Why Is it Dangerous to Drive After Using Drugs?

Alcohol, marijuana, cocaine, and methamphetamines have been proven to cause harm on the roads. Alcohol and marijuana have been commonly known to cause a delay in reaction time, impaired judgment of time and distance from other vehicles, and decrease in driving coordination. Cocaine and methamphetamines often cause the offender to drive aggressively and carelessly, and benzodiazepines, one of many different types of sedatives, can cause dizziness and drowsiness.

Marijuana has been linked to many incidents where the driver may weave lanes, experience subpar reaction time, and negative reactions on the roads. If the driver uses marijuana and alcohol at the same time, there is an increased likelihood of a car accident occurring.

Alcohol and Drug Use Statistics

In 2016, over 20 million people who were 16 years old or older drove under the influence of alcohol, and over 11 million have driven under the influence of drugs. Research has also shown that men are more likely than women to be charged with a DUI. Young adults between the ages of 18 and 25 are more likely to be charged with driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol than adults 26 years old or older. Young adults tend to be less experienced than more mature drivers, so they may have a more difficult time recognizing potentially dangerous situations.

Call an Oakbrook Terrace DUI Defense Lawyer

If you have been caught driving after using drugs or a mixture of drugs and alcohol, you may face very serious consequences, which could affect your employment opportunities and your quality of life. At McMahon Law Offices, we have over 24 years of experience representing DuPage County area clients in DUI defense and related matters. For a free initial consultation, please call one of our experienced DUI defense attorneys at 630-953-4400 to discuss your case. We are also available in the evenings and on weekends.

 

Source:

https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/drugged-driving

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