With the legalization of recreational marijuana use in some states, some researchers believe that there have been twice as many fatal pot-related accidents in those states. Virginia authorities have noted that some drivers believe that smoking marijuana before getting behind the wheel helps them drive better. As a result, more and more Virginia drivers are facing DUI arrests for driving while high.
Virginia law enforcement officials have made drugged drivers one of their primary focuses. This is due to the specific dangers that come with drugged driving. Getting drunk typically does not occur immediately and will require a person to have a few alcoholic drinks. Some drugs, however, (i.e. heroin), have a sudden impact on the driver and cause them to pass out while driving.
Virginia police use field sobriety tests to determine if a driver is driving while high. They may then arrest the driver if their coordination or reflexes are impaired, and charge them with driving under the influence of drugs. Even drivers taking legally prescribed medications may be at risk for a DUID arrest. Drivers may feel more focused behind the wheel when high, when they actually may be impaired and putting others at risk.
In 2015, Virginia officers arrested close to 4,800 drivers for being under the influence of drugs and alcohol. Jefferson Davis Highway and Hull Street in Richmond have seen numerous arrests this year.
Those convicted of DUID charges could face license suspension, fines, jail time and other consequences faced in traditional DUI cases. Protect yourself from a DUID conviction by establishing a strong defense against your charges.
Source: NBC 12, "Richmond man claims to drive better while high, 'become the car'," Brent Solomon, July 21, 2016