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Consequences, DUI

The Fate of “Driving Under the Influence”

June 7, 2017, Author: FSA

A large percentage of all the fatal collisions that occurred between the years 2007 and 2011 was caused by driving under the influence of drugs. Data received from NGO Reaction indicates that the figure almost reached twice as high between the years 2011 and 2015.

Marios Stavrou, head of NGO Reaction, said that around three out of ten of the fatal road collisions every year are a result of vehicles being driven by drivers who are on drugs.”

[Source: CyprusMail]

vehicular accidentsThe number of vehicular accidents has been increasing every other day and this needs to be curbed. There are not enough deterrent policies that have been put in place to put to an end the problem. Various countries have successfully effected statutory laws to prevent and halt the problem. It is time to move from the murky waters of reckless driving under influence of drugs to ensure that people do not perish anymore on our roads as a result of a reckless act that can be done away with.

Driving under the influence, commonly referred to as DUI, mainly refers to intoxication caused by alcohol. However, alcohol is just one of the many substances that cause impairment when driving. It is impossible to completely control a vehicle when one is under the influence of any drug, whether they are medical prescriptions that can cause dizziness, or other substances of abuse. And, you can be charged if you drive while under the influence of illegal drugs.

Driving and drugs, whether it’s marijuana or any of the recommended muscle relaxants, is practically the same as driving while drunk, and both are indictable DUI offenses. You should not hide under the guise of doctor’s orders, since this is not an acceptable reason. You cannot defend yourself in a court of law that you were driving under the influence of drugs just because you followed your doctor’s orders to take specific medications.

Around 18% of the fatal accidents in the year 2009 were a direct result of drugs

According to a survey that was done by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), in the year 2010, more than ten million residents of the United States were under the influence of drugs while driving. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicated that around 18% of the fatal accidents in the year 2009 were a direct result of drugs. Moreover, The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) found out that of all the car crash fatalities, 20% of the dead motorists had positive results when tested for drugs.

Having a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) of more than 0.08% in a motorist’s body is considered illegal in all of the fifty states. It is pretty easy to measure the BAC in the body of a motorist in case of a traffic stop since alcohol is flushed from the body in a rapid manner. If the readings of the breathalyzer are equal to or more than 0.08 percent, then one risks a guilty verdict and may be convicted of DUI charges. This happens the motorist was stopped and checked procedurally. Take note that this is the case only with alcohol. Other drugs are assessed on a different scale and it can easily be detected if you have used drugs while driving. However, it may be technically difficult to detect some drugs in the bloodstream of a person.

DrugsTake the example of marijuana. It takes up to five weeks to detect the psychoactive component of marijuana in a blood sample or urine sample of a person. It is therefore challenging to conclude that a person had visual impairment as a result of using marijuana.

On the other hand, cocaine exits the body after staying there for a day or two. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) admitted to Congress that there is insufficient knowledge about drugs other than alcohol to implicate a motorist for driving under the influence.

There are some jurisdictions however that make use of the Drug Recognition Experts (DREs), who are specially trained officers, to help gather enough evidence so as to convict any motorist. Drug Recognition Experts (DREs) examine the eye movements of motorists very closely, as well as other behaviors that may foretell whether a motorist was driving under the influence.

The presence of drugs in a person’s body is assessed through testing blood samples or performing a urinalysis.

Have you been wondering how to defend yourself in an upcoming DUI case in your state? If your answer is “yes”, then you may be interested in taking a DUI course before you appear in court. I offer you an option on one of the best courses that will arm you with all the knowledge that you need. The courses that I offer in my school are the latest and the instructors make use of the most updated road incidents so that you may relate with them. Moreover, I have also been given the privilege of going round various states educating the residents on ways to ensure that they reduce the usage of alcohol and related drugs while driving.