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Under the Influence is Taking on a New Meaning on the Road

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The New York Times recently published an article about a new phenomenon. We are all familiar with the dangers of drinking and driving, but they say authorities are concerned about a new type of driving under the influence. Police say they are seeing an increased number of drivers impaired by prescription drugs. While these drugs are legal when prescribed to a person, a lot of these drugs can seriously interfere with your ability to operate a motor vehicle.

Police are having trouble convicting these drivers in the courtroom. Prescription drugs affect everyone differently, so it is hard to come up with a limit like the one used for alcohol. Also, some people require the medication for essential survival. Law enforcement says that, at the end of the day, they are having trouble determining when a precription drug is too much of a danger to other drivers on the road.

The New York Times brings up a Wisconsin accident to demonstrate the dangers of prescription drugs.  “A former physician slammed his S.U.V. into a Honda Accord in April 2008, killing the pregnant driver and her 10-year-old daughter. Prosecutors said the physician, Mark Benson, had high levels of the sleep aid Ambien in his system, as well as Xanax, an anti-anxiety drug, and oxycodone, an opiate painkiller. Mr. Benson was sentenced to 30 years in prison.”

This was an easier case for police to prove because this combination of drugs should not be taken together.

Taking precription pills that impair driving and getting behind the wheel, is negligent and can put other drivers in harm’s way. If you or someone you know has been injured in a car accident as a result of someone else’s nelgigence, contact a Lake Geneva Motor Vehicle Accidents Lawyer at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, by dialing 1-800-2-HABUSH.