On behalf of Southworth and Stamman, LLC posted in drunk driving on Wednesday, January 25, 2017.
Many people in Wisconsin Dells are not aware of how dangerous driving while under the influence can be. It does not matter if the intoxication is the result of alcohol or drug use; the risk of accidents injuries and death is all too real for intoxicated motorists and everyone else on the roads. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of motorists who were legally detained for alcohol and drug-related DUIs in 2014 was more than 1.1 million. If you are on prescription medications or like to socially drink, you should learn to recognize the signs of intoxication.
Alcohol and certain drugs can alter the senses. Intoxicated drivers may have a hard time seeing things clearly. Their blurred vision and altered mind states may also cause them to hallucinate and see things that are not really there.
Alcohol and some antipsychotic medications can have a depressing effect on the body that can make some people move much slower than usual. Drivers who are influenced in this manner are not able to perform many of the fast-paced repetitive motions that are required to safely operate vehicles.
People who use substances like alcohol and drugs should monitor themselves for feelings of fatigue, sleepiness and exhaustion. Drivers should be completely alert at all times when they are behind the wheel. However, motorists who have these substances in their systems may be unable to think, let alone stay fully alert so they can maneuver the roads safely.
Inability to focus
Drivers who are unable to focus because of intoxication are also unaware of their surroundings and of the actions of other motorists. This lack of focus can lead to severe accidents, injuries and death, because drunken and intoxicated motorists may not notice changing circumstances on the road.
Driving is a skill that requires a great degree of precision. When motorists operate their cars while under the influence, they may not be capable of exercising good judgment. They are also unable to correctly analyze and respond to the actions and movements of other vehicles.
Getting pulled over for driving while intoxicated is no laughing matter. The penalties you face from a conviction can last a long time. You can easily avoid the situation by paying attention to your body for signs of intoxication and making the conscious decision not to drive. If you are dealing with a situation that is related to DUIs, you should speak with an attorney to learn about your rights and options.