Drugs and alcohol impair many functions of the brain, making it very difficult to perform everyday tasks like driving a car. The substances can cause problems with perception and coordination, as well as balance and other brain functions necessary for the safe operation of a vehicle.
The “influence” part of the phrase “driving under the influence” (DUI) can mean driving under the effects of prescription drugs or medications, such as sedatives, painkillers or sleeping aids. Now an emerging problem, law enforcement officials remain unsure how to treat drug-related types of DUI charges. People process drugs differently, and contrary to alcohol, there[.....]
Driving under the influence of alcohol is a deadly activity; driving under the influence of too much medication can have the same result. An Arizona Republic article noted the state has seen a surge in DUIs tied to medicine as of late.