Most of us know that DUI stands for “driving under the influence”, but do you know all of the different types of substances can cause you to be “under the influence”? Alcohol is a given. When you’ve had too much to drink, your driving becomes impaired, which can lead to sloppy driving and potentially an accident.
However, it’s important to be aware of substances other than alcohol that can result in a DUI, especially if you’ve received a DUI in the past. Simply put, any drug, legal, illegal, prescription, or over-the-counter, which can impair your ability to drive, is illegal to consume before or while driving.
Many cold and allergy drugs fall into this category because they can make you drowsy, and drowsy drivers are unsafe drivers. Similarly, some drugs are fine on their own, but when taken with alcohol can have dangerous side effects. Those drugs should also be avoided to prevent getting a DUI.
Think of it this way: any drug that can cause you to become drowsy or dizzy should not be taken when you’re about to drive. In some cases, they will lead you straight to a DUI in the state of California.
If you’ve gotten a DUI in California for drunk driving or while under the influence of drugs such as marijuana or pain killers, we’re here to help! Visit our site for more information.