20Drunk driving is a crime; a poor choice that puts the lives of others in danger. Rather than finding a safe and sober way home, a drunk driver may be more concerned with their own convenience than the destruction that could occur, even with consequences like a DUI conviction, ignition interlock device, jail time and high financial costs. Not everyone makes that choice, however, and more people are finding alternatives to drinking and driving. Unfortunately, one of those choices is to get “high,” rather than drunk, before getting on the road and heading home.
It can be hard to pass up a chance to relax, and both alcohol and drugs like marijuana are often used to relieve some of the pressures of the day. As more states legalize the use of marijuana, researchers are finding differences in the effects of driving “high” in comparison to driving drunk. The biggest difference between the two is that blood alcohol concentration (BAC) has a direct effect on your ability to drive safely, while the level of THC from marijuana doesn’t relate in the same manner. But, just like the choice to drink and then drive, there is a choice to get high and drive… either way, however, you could be looking at a DUI or other impaired driving conviction.
Even in states that have legalized marijuana, there are penalties for driving under the influence. Driving while “high” will not get you out of trouble with law enforcement or the court, and you could still be required to install an ignition interlock device for your crime. Since being sober behind the wheel refers to any alcohol, drug, medication or substance that could impair your ability to be safe, the law doesn’t see you driving while “high” any differently than driving while intoxicated by alcohol.
Even the most relaxing evening can quickly become a stress-filled DUI experience, with an ignition interlock and other consequences. Instead of taking chances with your life and the lives of others, take the time to find a sober ride home where you can relax in peace, free from any worry about your ability to be safe on the road.