While it’s easy to assume that poor driving behaviors, such as swerving,
speeding, and rolling through stop signs, are indications of a driver
who is under the influence of
drugs, this is not
always the case. There are several types of poor driving behaviors that have
nothing to do with alcohol and yet are as dangerous as, or even more dangerous than,
driving under the influence (DUI).
1. Fatigued Driving
New moms and dads, you get this one! Driving while fatigued can make one
behave like a driver who is intoxicated. Sleep deprivation can take its
toll, it can slow reaction time, cause vision disturbances, and cause
one to nod off while driving.
A driver may even fall asleep at the wheel and lose control, causing an
accident. A recent Australian study found that sober drivers who were
kept awake for more than 24 hours drove worse than intoxicated drivers.
Acute sleep loss and chronic loss of sleep over time can both adversely
impact one's driving abilities.
2. Distracted Driving
An epidemic that has rapidly swept the nation, particularly with increased
smartphone use, distracted driving can be more dangerous than drunk driving.
A study by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) found that
drivers who texted behind the wheel were about 23 times more likely to
be involved in crashes than drivers who were not distracted. Taking one's
visual, mental or manual attention from the road may lead to driving behavior
that mimics drunk driving, resulting in a police stop.
3. Driver Negligence
No driver is perfect, and a simple mistake or act of carelessness could
be misconstrued as a pattern of poor driving associated with DUI. If you've
been accused of drunk driving but your abilities were unimpaired by alcohol
or drugs, it may be that simple negligence or carelessness is to blame.
Driver Negligence vs. Impaired Driving
If you find yourself arrested for DUI when your driving mistakes had nothing
to do with alcohol or drugs, you may be hard-pressed to prove your sobriety.
It’s important to remember that driving while distracted, such as
texting while driving, or running a red light, are traffic violations
punishable only by fines and points on your driver's license.
DUI is far more serious, and avoiding charges or a conviction will be in
your best interests. One of the benefits of hiring a skilled
DUI attorney is disproving intoxication and showing how poor driving behavior may have
been attributed to an entirely different issue, like a simple act of negligence.
This can result in a dismissal of your DUI charges, and a much less serious
situation of dealing with a traffic ticket or no citation at all.
To challenge your DUI charges, contact the Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry
today. We represent drivers in Orange County, providing aggressive DUI
defense strategies to help clients avoid convictions and even formal charges
in the first place.