It’s not uncommon to take a prescription or OTC (over-the-counter) medication before heading out for the day. However, before jumping behind the wheel, it’s important to consider how those medications may affect you.
Some medicines, even common ones sold at the store, can cause serious side effects that make it difficult for you to drive safely. They may cause fatigue, drowsiness, vomiting, nausea, dizziness and more.
Any medication that causes side effects that make it difficult to focus on what you are doing – driving – should be avoided, or it could result in a DWI charge.
How to handle being stopped for a traffic violation
If an officer stops you for violating a traffic law, they will want to see your documents (license, insurance and registration). They will likely ask you questions such as where you are going or what you are doing. You have the option to decline to answer, but be sure you are polite.
However, most people are honest, especially if you are headed to work or home. Just make sure you don’t say anything that may be used against you. The police may ask you if you are drinking or have used any drugs, including medication. It’s very important that you don’t lie, so deflect the question and focus on the reason for the traffic stop. If necessary, invoke your right to remain silent instead of answering.
Protecting your rights if you are accused of drinking and driving
Sometimes, charges of driving while impaired. can seem like they come out of nowhere. When that happens, make sure you explore all your defense options.