Nothing will ruin your day quite like getting arrested for driving while under the influence (DUI). It can come with some pretty serious consequences – such as jail time, fines and getting your driving license suspended.
Under California laws, driving after drinking alcohol or consuming narcotics aren’t the only ways you can get a DUI. These laws apply to any substance that alters your state of mind or lowers your reaction time. It’s important to know what types of substances to avoid before getting behind the wheel.
Driving after drinking cannabis-infused drinks can land you a DUI
Most people know that, even though marijuana is legal in California now, you can still get in trouble for driving after smoking it. You may not know, however, that you can also get a DUI from consuming cannabis-infused drinks before getting behind the wheel as well.
The term “cannabis-infused drinks” can refer to a variety of beverages, from teas to energy drinks, that have cannabinoids as a main ingredient. Cannabinoids are the parts of marijuana that produce a psychoactive effect, such as THC and CBD.
Drinking one of these drinks has a similar effect to smoking marijuana. In fact, it often results in a quicker absorption of cannabinoids than smoking does. That means that, under California law, driving a car after drinking one is the same as driving after smoking a joint. Both can land you in jail and can get your license suspended for a long time.
Some prescription drugs can lead to a DUI as well
Alcohol, marijuana and narcotics are one thing. But did you know that driving while under the influence of some prescription medications can also get you into trouble?
This is because certain medications can alter your mental state, make you drowsy and lower your reaction time. Drugs like Adderall, Xanax, Ambien, Vicodin and others that are perfectly legal to consume at home can become problematic if you get behind the wheel after taking them.
If you want to avoid getting a prescription DUI on your record, it’s best to read the labels on your medication carefully and follow all directions. Know the risks and potential side-effects of your medication and take them seriously. Driving while under the influence of these medications could not only earn you a hefty fine but could also endanger the lives of your fellow drivers.
If you live in California, it’s a good idea to stay informed on new changes in laws surrounding driving while under the influence. That way, you’ll never be caught unawares with a DUI charge, and you can help to avoid the danger to yourself and others that comes with driving with impaired cognition.