Although DUI is most commonly associated with driving under the influence of alcohol, it can also include driving under the influence of illegal drugs. According to a recent study published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, legal prescription drugs designed to treat depression, anxiety, and insomnia may also increase driving risk.
The authors of the study compared two groups of people: one group of 5,183 people who had been involved in motor vehicle accidents and one group of 31,093 people of comparable age and gender who had no record of being involved in accidents. Researchers found that study participants who had been involved in the car accidents were also more likely to be taking psychotropic drugs. Although driving under the influence of these legally prescribed drugs will not be included in the drug schedule until further research is conducted, people taking these types of drugs need to know the risks in order to increase driving safety. Researchers suggest that doctors should warn their patients about taking such medications before driving.
You may be reading this thinking you have nothing to worry about besides the potential for a fender bender, but even though you will not be charged for taking certain non-abusive prescription drugs that may increase driving risk, you could encounter other traffic issues including vehicular homicide or other issues like license suspension.
As a traffic attorney who is dedicated to defending driver’s rights, Mickey Roberts has seen the impact traffic violations can have on a person’s life. Even if you are not driving drunk, certain things can increase your driving risk whether or not they are illegal. If you have been charged with DUI or another traffic offense, contact MrGaDUI today. For more information about traffic issues and driver’s rights, visit his website and connect with him on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.