While many people know it's a crime to drive under the influence of drugs, even more people are surprised to learn that it is also a crime to drive under the influence of a non-illegal prescription or over-the-counter medication.
It's obvious why it's a crime to drive under the influence of an illegal drug, such as cocaine, marijuana, heroine, methamphetamines, or Ecstasy. But it's not so obvious why it's a crime to drive under the influence of a lawful drug.
Some over-the-counter and prescription medications have side effects that can cause the driver to become drowsy or less alert. Whenever drugs or medicine--regardless of whether they're illegal or legal--compromise a person's ability to safely operate a vehicle, they can be charged with DUI. In the eyes of the law, although you did not break the law by possessing and consuming an illegal drug, you are still a threat to the drivers, passengers, and pedestrians around you, which is enough to justify slapping you with a DUI.
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