Who’s responsibility is it to be sure people are driving safely and are not under the influence of drugs or alcohol? Yours! And mine! Statistics from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System show that although the number of people killed in the US in car accidents has declined, the number of accidents involving drugs, both legally prescribed medications and illegal drugs, has increased 6 percent over the past 6 years. Whether this is due to an increase in the use of prescription and over the counter medications or illegal drugs, including marijuana and cocaine, isn’t clear. What is clear is that many of us don’t think that being impaired by drugs will affect our driving.
Did you know that some antihistamines can impact your driving? Especially if you have a drink or two on top of taking the medication. Some people think that smoking a joint won’t affect your ability to drive. It’s not as bad as drunk driving, right? Wrong! It is well known that some drugs can impair your motor coordination, reaction time and visual perception. One in four fatally injured drivers under the age of 25 tested positive for marijuana!
If you are a parent, lay down the law and let your teenage or young adult driver know that it’s not OK to drive while under the influence of anything that can impair your judgement, not even a little bit. If you need to, have your teen drug tested to be sure they are following your rules. A “Trust, But Verify” policy can save your child’s life or the lives of others on the road.
If you are hosting a party, be sure everyone has a safe ride home, either a sober party guest or a taxi. And if you’re the one going to the party: Be aware of medications you are taking and how they will impact your ability to drive. “Drive with Reason this Holiday Season” and stay sober or find an alternative way home. I may not be aware that it was you that didn’t crash into me on the way home from the party…Thank you anyway! I’ll be careful for you, too.
Written by www.labtestingnow.com