Most people know that a disproportionate number of motor vehicle accidents that end in a fatality are caused by a driver who was under the influence of a controlled substance. What’s not as well-known is how many more of those drivers are under the influence of drugs instead of alcohol.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s latest data, published in its most recent National Roadside Survey, drunk driving has fallen over the last few years, while the number of drugged drivers has grown significantly. Roughly 20 percent of nighttime weekend drivers tested positive for illegal, prescription, or over-the-counter medications, while 15 percent tested positive for illegal drugs. The drug showing up more often than most is marijuana, especially in states like Wyoming, which borders a state that’s legalized recreational use of the drug.
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Marijuana is now second only to alcohol as the drug most often connected to driving under the influence. Tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC as it is commonly referred to, is the main ingredient in marijuana and influences the parts of the brain that control movement, balance, coordination, memory, and judgment.
According to research published by the Centers for Disease Control, marijuana can:
- Slow a driver’s reaction time and decision-making ability.
- Impair coordination, distort perception, cause memory loss and make problem-solving much more difficult.
Additionally, studies suggest that impairment increases significantly when marijuana is combined with alcohol. Studies have found that many drivers test positive for both, establishing a clear link between drunk and drugged driving. If you have been arrested for driving while under the influence of alcohol, get help from the criminal defense law firm of Burg Simpson today. Call us now at 307-527-7891.
In Wyoming, the blood alcohol limit for drivers:
- .08 percent: 21 and older.
- .02 percent: 20 and younger.
- .05 percent: any age with additional evidence.
- .04 percent: commercial drivers.
Punishments vary on the offense and can include jail time, fines, a loss of driving privileges, and even the installation of an ignition interlock device. If you have been arrested for driving while under the influence of alcohol, get help from a criminal defense lawyer in our Cody office today. Call us at 307-527-7891.
If You Need a Criminal Law Attorney, Burg Simpson in Wyoming Can Help
If you or someone you love is facing criminal charges, we can help. If you need legal counsel in a criminal matter, Burg Simpson’s experienced trial attorneys can help. Call us before it’s too late at 307-527-7891 or fill out a Free Case Evaluation Form so we can get started on your case.