Impaired driving costs insurance companies billions of dollars annually. If the public are more aware of how and why drivers are driving when they shouldn’t be, it would lower insurance rates for everyone.
An impaired driver might have ingested a variety of substances that might obscure their awareness and cause poor eye hand coordination. Besides alcoholic drinks, a driver may be impaired by ingesting marijuana, narcotics, prescription drugs, or a dangerous cocktail of those substances.
A driver may be driving while slightly intoxicated from alcohol, taking cold medications, and other prescription drugs. Combined, this condition may mimic an impaired condition. Police would like ask for a blood sample from the driver suspected of driving in a careless manner. The courts would decide whether the driver was impaired.
There is no breathalyzer device for detecting marijuana use and no blood content concentration that is set as a limit for drivers. Police officers have suspects perform physical, field sobriety tests to try to determine whether they are high on pot. The officer is not always correct and charges are sometimes thrown out of court. This difficulty in determining impairment may be one reason why driving while stoned is commonplace.
Ingesting THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana does cause impairment and a stoned driver is a danger to the public. The same horrific results as in drunk driving, dangerous driving, and distracted driving can occur. It’s wise that the public try to help officers in catching impaired drivers. The person killed could be one of your family or friends.
The cost of drunk driving is high. It raises medical costs and auto insurance rates.
The penalties for distracted driving and dangerous driving has also been raised.
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