Texas law prohibits a driver from operating a vehicle while intoxicated, either through the use of alcohol or drugs. Most people think that means illegal drugs, but they would be wrong.
Prescription drugs that impair a driver’s ability to operate a vehicle safely can cause that driver to get arrested for DUI. While there is a test to determine the level of alcohol in a driver’s blood that would potentially convict him or her of a DUI (Blood Alcohol Content level of .08 for those over the age of 21), there is no similar test for drug levels. It is up to a prosecutor whether or not to charge someone with a DUI when drugs are involved.
Medications that are known to impact driving include:
- Cough medicines
- Sleep medications
Anyone who is taking medications can benefit from these tips for safer driving:
- Be sure you always follow instructions when taking medications.
- Be sure your doctor and your pharmacist is aware of all medications you are on, to cut the potential for drug interactions. Ask them if any of your medications will impair your driving ability.
- Never mix medications.
- Never take someone else’s medication, or share yours with others.
- Never take medications with alcohol.
- If you are unsure about how a medication will affect your driving, don’t drive.
If you or someone you love has been injured as a result of an accident, our Texas personal injury attorneys have the experience and resources to help you through this difficult time and obtain just compensation for your injuries. Please call 800-248-6000 or contact us for a free consultation.
Justin is an attorney at Roberts & Roberts and focuses his practice on mass tort litigation, where he specializes in helping individuals who are harmed by recalled or unsafe pharmaceutical drugs and medical devices. He has earned recognition as a “Top 40 Under 40” Trial Lawyer by the National Trial Lawyers. Prior to joining Roberts & Roberts, Justin served as an attorney in all three branches of Texas’s state government, including as a Briefing Attorney on the Texas Supreme Court. He also represented electric and natural gas utilities in complex regulatory proceedings before the Public Utility Commission of Texas and the Railroad Commission of Texas. Justin is a published author in the St. Mary’s Law Journal.