includes more than alcohol, and there is no quick field test for the many
prescription, over-the-counter and illegal drugs that can impair drivers.
This year, the police officers highly trained to recognize and enforce
drug-impaired driving were issued Android tablets to simplify documentation
Taking a new drug
or a higher dose? Talk with a doctor or donít drive until you know what
effects it has. Even over-the-counter medication can cause impairment,
especially when combined with alcohol or a second drug.
Ride Sober or Get
have the reputation for being tough, but no one is tough enough to withstand
the effects of impaired riding. Motorcycles are about 3 percent of
registered vehicles, but are dramatically overrepresented in fatal crashes
involving alcohol. And the more that bikers drink, the less likely they are
to wear their helmets.
* Law enforcement
recommends these safe alternatives to impaired driving:
* Designate, or be,
a sober driver.
* Use public
* Call a cab or a
* Download the
SaferRide mobile app on the Android Play Store.
* Celebrate at home
or a place where you can stay until sober.
* Throwing a party?
Offer non-alcoholic beverages and plenty of food.
* Never provide
alcohol to minors.
* Ask young drivers
about their plans.
* Friend or family
member about to drive? Take the keys and make alternate arrangements.
Impaired driving is
three times more common at night than during the day. If you see an impaired
driver, turn off the road away from the vehicle and call 911. Signs of
impaired driving include the following:
swerving, drifting, or straddling the center line.
* Driving at a very
* Making wide
* Stopping without
* Responding slowly
to traffic signals.
* Driving after
dark with headlights off.
* Almost striking
an object or vehicle.
* Driving on the
wrong side of the road.
* Turning abruptly