You can’t drive safely if you’re impaired. That’s why it’s illegal everywhere in America to drive under the influence of alcohol, marijuana, opioids, methamphetamines, or any potentially impairing drug–prescribed or over the counter. Driving while impaired by any substance—legal or illegal—puts you and others in harm’s way. Learn the latest research on drug-impaired driving, misconceptions about marijuana use, and what you can do to make smarter choices to drive safely.
DRIVE HIGH, GET A DUI.
- Like drunk driving, drugged driving is illegal in all 50 States, Puerto Rico and
Washington D.C. Kansas officers will stop and ticket anyone considered under suspicion of drug impaired driving.
- It is never safe to drive when impaired. This not only means refraining from drunk
driving, but also from drug-impaired driving of any kind.
- Many people erroneously believe that driving while high won’t affect them; they are
wrong. It has been proven that THC – the chemical responsible for most of marijuana’s psychological effects – slows reaction times, impairs cognitive performance and makes it more difficult for drivers to keep a steady position in their lane.
- The bottom line is this: It doesn’t matter what term is used, if a person is high,
stoned, wasted or drunk, he or she is impaired. Driving while impaired by any substance is illegal and can be deadly to the driver and other road users.
- Drugged driving translates to death on our roadways. Drug impaired drivers put
themselves, their passengers and other drivers at tremendous risk. Something as simple as a cold medication or over the counter sleep aid could impair your driving.
Just like drunk driving, drug impaired driving can lead to a DUI.
- Never drive while impaired by any substance.
- If you are taking a new prescription drug or a higher dose of a current prescription
drug, do not drive until you know what effect it has on your judgment, coordination, and reaction time. Any effect could impair your driving ability.
- If your doctor writes you a new prescription or increases a current dosage, be sure to
discuss with the doctor whether you should drive while taking the medication, or be sure to ask the pharmacist when you pick up the prescription.
- Always tell your doctor of any drugs you are taking (prescription, over-the counter,
and illegal) so they may accurately counsel you on whether it is safe to drive while taking them.
- Certain medications may not impair you on their own, but if taken with a second
medication or with alcohol, they may cause impairment. Any form of impaired driving is illegal.
Our goal is to save lives and we’re putting all drivers on alert – Drug impaired driving is against the law.
We urge you to get more information at www.nhtsa.gov