Whether you have consumed alcohol and your blood alcohol level is above the legal limit of 0.08% or you have smoked marijuana, the primary concern for law enforcement officers is whether the substance has impaired your ability to safely operate your motorized vehicle. Alcohol and drugs both affect your reaction time and judgment and consuming drugs can create a public safety hazard and put, not only you at risk, but other drivers and passengers.
Testing for illicit drugs and conclusively determining the impact they have on the driver’s ability to safely operate a vehicle is more difficult for drugs than alcohol and for this reason some state laws for drugged driving have “lagged behind” laws that have been created for driving under the influence of alcohol.
With that said, however, there are many states (i.e. Arizona, Delaware, Georgia, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota) which do have per se laws which make it illegal to operate a motorized vehicle with any level of illegal drugs in the blood. Other state laws are less harsh or definitive and law enforcement officers may arrest a driver for drug use if they believe the driver is “impaired”.
Drug Evaluation and Classification programs have also been created and implemented in many states to help police officers recognize when a driver’s behavior is affected by drug intoxication.
Many drivers may think that smoking pot does not affect their driving, but drug use can affect a driver’s attention, balance, coordination, reaction time and perception. Studies and research have concluded that drinking and drugged driving may be linked behaviors and that marijuana does negatively impact a driver’s perception of speed, concentration and coordination.
Driving is a privilege not a right. Although more research may be needed to understand the full impact of a driver’s drug use in unpredictable driving situations, driving under the influence of drugs is illegal and dangerous.
If you have been arrested for driving under the influence of marijuana or any other illicit drug, it is time to contact a DUI lawyer. DUI laws vary by state.
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