Driving high is driving impaired. When you are under the influence and choose to drive, your decision can affect countless people. You can hurt yourself. You can hurt others. And a DUI arrest can lead to serious legal and monetary consequences.
Driving Under the Influence is Driving Impaired
- Driving while impaired by drugs is illegal and subject to the same penalties as driving while impaired by alcohol.
- Penalties for DUIs can include expensive fines, license revocation and jail time. Convictions can remain on your record for 75 years.
The Five Signs of Impairment
Under the influence of marijuana, drivers can experience:
- A slowed reaction time;
- Limited short-term memory functions;
- Decreased hand-eye coordination;
- Weakened concentration; and
- Difficulty perceiving time and distance.
Unlike alcohol, there is no specific impairment limit with marijuana. Marijuana affects everyone differently and can remain in a person’s system much longer than alcohol.
Consequences of Driving High
When you are under the influence, do not get behind the wheel. Consequences of driving high include, but are not limited to:
- Hurting yourself;
- Hurting others on the road;
- Getting arrested for DUI, which includes expensive fines, license revocation and jail time.
Always be safe and accountable behind the wheel.
There are many drugs that can affect a person’s ability to safely operate a motor vehicle, including marijuana. If you are taking medication, check the label for warnings prior to driving. If you are not sure if it is safe to take the drug and drive, ask a doctor or pharmacist about any side effects.