Excessive use of alcohol and drugs is a prevalent problem in today’s society. Although the use of alcohol is not illegal, the abuse of it can be, and may result in a criminal offense. Drugs, other than prescription or over-the-counter, are illegal and you need to make yourself aware of the involvement of the law.
Driving skills are seriously impaired by the use of drugs and alcohol, and you can be arrested and charged with Driving While Intoxicated. The judicial system is now invoking stronger penalties for this charge, as a result of the deaths and injuries that result from the intoxicated driver. In most states, a person is legally intoxicated when his/her blood-alcohol level reaches .10%. Alcohol’s effects depend on several factors that you need to be aware of when you have made the decision to drink. These include:
For some people, even one drink may be too many!
Drugs also interfere with driving skills, in many of the same ways that alcohol does, and the danger is not always gone after the feeling of being "high" passes. The following skills are seriously and dangerously impaired while one is under the influence of drugs:
Marijuana is not the only drug that impairs driving or other skills. Pain relievers, stimulants, tranquilizers, and antihistamines are legal, but you need to be sensitive to the side effects while using them. Combining drugs or mixing drugs with alcohol can be especially dangerous.
If you have made the conscious decision to use drugs and alcohol excessively, do not expect to get just "a slap on the hand." Results from getting arrested and charged for a crime resulting from drug and alcohol use include heavy fines, prison or jail time, and loss of driving privileges are becoming more utilized consequences of drug and alcohol abuse. For your own safety and the safety of others, make wise decisions if you must drink or take drugs, but above all, do not drink and drive!