In all 50 states, driving while impaired by any substance, including drugs, is illegal. This 4th of July holiday, law enforcement in Newton is participating in the "If You Feel Different, You Drive Different. Drive High, Get a DUI." campaign to help prevent drug-impaired driving and to arrest impaired drivers caught out on the roads.
Laws regarding drug use, especially marijuana, are often changing across the country. However, one thing remains unchanged: Impaired driving is illegal. Not only is it illegal, but it's also dangerous. Driving impaired by any substance can put you and others at risk. If we find that a driver is impaired, you will be arrested, and that DUI will surely put a damper on your Independence Day.
If you think being high won't affect your driving, you're wrong. It has been proven that marijuana can slow reaction times, impair cognitive performance, and make it more difficult for drivers to keep a steady position in their lane.
Those who plan to use drugs should not drive. Even over-the-counter and prescription medications can have impairing effects. Take caution before driving after using any medication. If you find yourself drug-impaired with your vehicle, give your keys to a sober driver who can safely drive you home. Remind your friends never to get in the car with an impaired driver. If you have a friend about to drive while drug-impaired, take the keys away and help them get home safely. Don't worry about offending someone — you might be saving their life or someone else's.
If you're a designated driver, stick to the plan: don't use drugs (legally or illegally obtained). For all drivers, your best defense against impaired drivers on the road is your seat belt. Wear it every trip, and make sure your passengers do, too.
There are many options to help impaired drivers get home safely, such as designating a sober driver or calling a taxi or rideshare. Working together can save lives and help keep America's roadways safe.