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Driving Under the Influence

Editor Dan Schimmel, LCSW, CAP
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Driving under the influences is not only a crime but it is a risk not worth taking as you are putting your life and the lives of others in danger. According to NHTSA, there is an estimate of 32% of fatal car crashes involving an intoxicated driver or pedestrian. FARS reports, 3,952 fatally injured drivers tested positive for drug involvement.

Maybe you have driven under the influence numerous times without any problem, but it only takes one time to have life changing consequences. The FBI reported over 1.2 million drivers were arrested in 2011 for driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics. This leads to serious repercussions to your choice to drive while intoxicated, potentially affecting your work, as well as your personal and social life.

Alcohol, Drugs and Driving Do NOT Go Together

Alcohol, drugs and driving do not go together, it is as simple as that. When driving you require sharp motor skills, to be fully alert and aware of change in surroundings, you need to act quickly and potentially make difficult maneuvers from behind the wheel. When drinking alcohol or using drugs driving becomes dangerous and can potentially have lethal results.

Drinking and Driving Continues Despite Public Awareness

Despite public awareness, drinking and driving continues and the numbers of arrests and fatalities rise. A shocking 29.1 million people admitted to driving under the influence of alcohol in 2012. According to the 2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), an estimated 9.9 million people aged 12 or older who reported driving under the influence of illicit drugs during the year prior to being surveyed. These numbers have only continued to grow over the years.

Driving Under the Influence (DUI) is a Crime

Driving under the influence (DUI) is crime of driving a motor vehicle while impaired by alcohol or drugs, including those prescribed by physicians.

For driving under the influence of Alcohol, the driver’s level of intoxication is determined by a measurement of blood alcohol content (BAC). The BAC measurement level of 0.05% or 0.08% typically defines the criminal offense without proof of impairment.

Many states have a per se standard that forbid any presence of a prohibited substance or drug in the driver’s body while in control of the vehicle, however some have specific limits for the presence of intoxicating drugs. There are also some states that have zero tolerance rule with regards to the presence of intoxicating drugs in a person’s system.

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