Under the Influence: Marijuana and Traffic
With 30 of the 50 states now legalizing marijuana in one form or another, our nation must come together to address the elephant in the room: the other side of driving under the influence.
When we hear the term DUI, we often picture a drunk driver swerving on the road and getting pulled over for a breathalyzer test. While a majority of DUIs do indeed involve drunk drivers, those who use drugs while driving can also be arrested. The reality is that drugs alter your mind just as much if not moreso than alcohol, and driving under the influence of even a “soft” drug like marijuana can be incredibly dangerous.
Field Sobriety Tests
While breathalyzers cannot detect marijuana usage the way they can alcohol, a field sobriety test performed by a police officer can net similar results. If a person is pulled over under suspicion of driving under the influence, the officer may conduct several tests to determine their sobriety. Until scientists develop a chemical way to detect marijuana usage in the field, such tests will suffice.
Potential Consequences for Virginia Drivers
If you’re caught driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, you risk losing your license. You may be ordered by a judge to install an ignition interlock device, pay expensive fines or even do time behind bars. The penalties for being caught with illegal drugs can result in even more serious consequences. Simply put, driving with marijuana in your system or in your vehicle is simply not worth the risk.
Our Virginia Car Accident Lawyers Can Protect You
We strongly advise you not to speak with insurance companies until you’ve contacted a Virginia car accident lawyer. You may inadvertently say something that could negatively impact your settlement. Once hired, we become your first line of defense – insurance companies will have to go through our team in order to get to you.