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What are the consequences of impaired driving?

On Behalf of | May 14, 2024 | PERSONAL INJURY (PLAINTIFF) - Drunk Driving Accidents

Impaired driving is a rampant problem with fatal consequences. It is a complicated social issue that can put you and others on the road in danger.

In Florida, operating a vehicle while drunk or high is linked to one-quarter of all car accident fatalities. To mitigate this issue, drivers should educate themselves about the harmful consequences of impaired driving.

The deadly impacts of driving under the influence

High alcohol levels can have significant adverse effects on an individual’s central nervous system. Driving under the influence (DUI) of alcoholic substances may lead to:

  • Impaired vision: Drinking can lead to a decline in visual functions, compromising your ability to track moving targets.
  • Reduced coordination: Poor coordination may cause trouble steering, leading to a slower response in road emergencies.
  • Compromised information processing capability: This effect can impact an individual’s concentration, memory and speed control. Moreover, it can make it difficult for a driver to brake at the right time or maintain lane position.

These impairments may also occur after taking drugs. Several medications can affect your ability to concentrate while behind the wheel. If you take medicines, read the label for their side effects before going on the road.

The legal implications of impaired driving

In Florida, it is illegal to get behind the wheel while high or drunk. You may have to pay hefty fines and revoke your license if you have a DUI charge. A judge may even suspend your license if you refuse to take the required roadside test during your arrest.

Other penalties for impaired driving include community service and imprisonment. Moreover, this offense can have a long-term impact since a DUI conviction will remain on a person’s record for 75 years.

Additionally, a drunk driver may face a negligence lawsuit for causing injury in a motor vehicle crash. If the damages are severe, the victims may seek substantial compensation.