Do you know how perilous drugged driving is? Being under the impact of any drug or narcotize that acts on the central nervous system and brain, tarnishes a drivers driving skills, attention, coordination, balance, perception, reaction, judgement and time. Even little consumption of some drugs can prove hazardous. It puts not only the driver in danger but also the passengers and other pedestrians who share the roads and close-by passageways.
In all states but New York and Hawaii, driving under the influence of drugs (DUID) is considered as offensive as driving under the effect of alcohol. The only issue with drugs is that they cannot be easily tested for. They are available in varied sizes and shapes, and it is arduous for lawmakers to sustain. Although DUID laws are different worldwide, states mostly litigate drivers based on one or more of the following norms:
1. Impairment: The most common law states that the driver must be incapable of driving or impaired by a given object, to be guilty of a DUID- which means that to get a belief, prosecutors have to prove that the driver was actually harmed behind the wheel. These states do not set a legal blood limit.
2. Habitual Use: Another form of DUID law makes it illegal and unauthorized for habitual users or drug fanatics to drive at all. This is pertinent in five states with an exception of California, that make allowances for drug addicts who are members of drug treatment programs.
3. Incapacitation: Incapacitation law in the 14 states requires the prosecutors to prove that the driver is incapable and unfit to drive safely. The prosecution has to prove that the driver was not only highly drugged but also the drug effect rendered them incapable to drive safely.
4. Zero Tolerance: This law states that any spec of drugs in your system while driving is a crime in itself, even if the drugs are not active in your brain.
Drugged Driving Statistics
According to a Survey by National Survey on Drug Use and Health in the year 2013, approximately 11 million people aged 12 or older, reported driving under the impact of illegal drugs. The rate was higher than the rate in the previous years.
Drugged Driving Penalties
There are a few penalties that are common in all the states such as license suspension, jail time, imprisonment and heavy fines. California, for instance, requires a minimum 4 days of imprisonment and fine ranging from few hundreds to many thousand dollars along with other penalties.
Drugged drivers should therefore be either kept off the road, or held accountable for their actions and encouraged to get proper treatment in order to protect themselves and others