In the state of Texas, drugged driving is taken very seriously. Normally,
when we think of drugged driving we think of the crime of smoking marijuana
or shooting heroin and then getting behind the wheel but the fact is,
the police also believe that it is illegal to drive while under the influence
of a drug that you legally received as a medical prescription. Many doctors
will prescribe strong narcotic painkillers for patients after a surgery
or due to a condition. While these medications may effectively lower the
pain level of a patient, they can also result in a DUI arrest.
This is because individuals can still become intoxicated or have a difficult
time driving when they are under the influence of a narcotic painkiller.
If a driver takes antidepressants, these can result in impairment. As
a result, they are considered illegal drugs when driving. Also, those
who are on valium can be arrested for a DUI if they have more than 10
mg of the drug in their system. According to reports 10 mg of Valium will
register a BAC level of about 0.10%, which is already over the legal limit.
Also, antihistamines can impair coordination, so they are considered dangerous
and illegal when a driver is out on the road. Drivers also shouldn't
take decongestants and drive. Over-the-counter decongestants can cause
drowsiness, anxiety and dizziness. Sleeping pills can also have residual
effects that can last for hours, which is why motorists should never drive
after they have used one. Another common pain reliever called hydrocodone
is also considered illegal to drive with.
Hydrocodone is a main component of Vicodin and can cause severe impairment
and drowsiness. If you wre unaware that the drug that you were taking
would have such severe symptoms, then you may need to contact an attorney
immediately for representation. With the right
Plano drug defense attorney on your side you may be able to prove that you are innocent of your alleged crime.