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Drugged Driving vs. Drunk Driving

Posted on in DUI Defense

Illinois defense attorneyDriving under the influence of alcohol is a very serious offense that can be deadly. Not only can a DUI negatively affect the lives of others involved, but the offense can also negatively affect your life, as you may have a much more difficult time gaining employment, rights to your driver’s license, and the ability for you to maintain a vehicle. Even though drunk driving can cause major problems, there has been evidence shown that driving under the influence of drugs may be more serious.

DUI Deaths Related to Drugs and Alcohol

Three years ago, in 2015, drug tests that had tested positive were more common than the presence of alcohol in drivers who were killed in a car accident. As much as 43 percent of motorists killed had used drugs prior to driving, and 37 percent of motorists killed had been drinking before driving. Even though drugs and alcohol can affect individuals differently, drinking and driving or using drugs and driving should be taken seriously all around. If a driver acts impaired after using drugs and alcohol, he or she should not drive.

Which Drugs are Deadlier?

Marijuana has accounted for as much as 35 percent of positive drug tests reported, of the more than 400 federally recognized drugs. Amphetamines accounted for as little as nine percent of drugs detected in the system, and over half of the reported positive tests were caused by other drugs. More research needs to be done to accurately determine how drugged driving can be deadlier than drunk driving.

Alcohol Still Remains a Problem Today

Alcohol is argued to be one of the biggest highway safety problems, and there are different reactions to how alcohol can affect the driver’s coordination. There has also been a major issue of drivers combining both alcohol and marijuana, but the driver is impaired either way.

Call an Oakbrook DUI Defense Lawyer

Drugged driving is very serious, and the offense may cause serious injuries or even death, and no one wants to spend the rest of his or her life regretting a mistake that could very easily have been prevented. If you or someone you know has been charged with a DUI, McMahon Law Offices can provide effective legal representation. Our seasoned DuPage County drugged driving defense attorneys have over 24 years of experience representing clients in such matters. For a free initial consultation, please call 630-953-4400 to discuss your case. We are also available in the evenings and on weekends.




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