Sunday, June 16, 2013

Driving Under the Influence

Driving Under the Influence

A person can be arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol, drugs or medication. Any substance that causes impairment can lead to a devastating accident. Even tea, NyQuil™ or any other medications that make the vehicle operator feel drowsy can present a hazard.  Some medications may contain alcohol, a common problem among young drivers.  If you have been arrested for driving under the influence, call 1-800-411-PAIN.

A new law was passed at the beginning of 2013 banning the use of NyQuil™ and any other over-the-counter medication that might impair drivers from operating a vehicle soberly and safely.  Police officers are now targeting more drivers under the influence of prescription drugs.  Allergy medications, for instance, can interfere with your concentration and alertness.  Cold medicine and sleeping pills can also make vehicle operators drowsy.

Dismissing a charge of driving under the influence of medication, drugs or alcohol is not easy because these are considered serious offenses, especially driving under the influence of alcohol.  Although many states prohibit alcohol consumption to anyone under 21 years old, thousands of teens in our nation still drive under the influence of alcohol, marijuana and prescriptions drugs.

Driving under the influence (DUI) can be considered a criminal offense.  Alcohol and some medications impair coordination and judgment.  DUI drivers who refuse to complete chemical testing will be arrested.  Driving privileges can be rebuked for a year.  DUI convictions are permanent on your driving record.  Other penalties related to DUI are allowing someone under the influence to drive the vehicle, possessions of drugs in the vehicle, and also the transportation of alcoholic beverages in the passenger’s compartment.
If you are facing charges for an arrest in Georgia for driving under the influence of alcohol or prescription drugs, contact 411-PAIN in Atlanta, Macon, Columbus, Brunswick, Albany, Savannah, Brunswick, Marietta, Roswell, and The Blue Ridge Mountains.

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