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Drowsy driving and prescription drugs

Drivers can become drowsy for different reasons, whether someone has been struggling with a sleep disorder for many years, had one night of poor sleep or had a very demanding day at work. However, there are other reasons why drivers can become drowsy, even if they sleep well and do not have to work for long hours, such as those who take certain types of prescription drugs. From medication that aims to treat allergies or anxiety to drugs that help with pain, there are many different prescriptions that can affect someone’s ability to drive safely.

How many drinks can I have before I cannot drive?

Drivers in California understand it is illegal to drink and drive, but many of them do not realize how few drinks it can take before their BAC surpasses the legal limit. How one absorbs and metabolizes alcohol also varies depending on a number of factors. With the legal limit being only .08, many people get behind the wheel when they should not.

How fault of an accident is determined

Drivers in California have a responsibility to keep themselves and other drivers safe on the road. This includes understanding road signs, knowing traffic laws, paying attention and not getting behind the wheel after drinking or taking drugs. Unfortunately, collisions do occur and they are often the result of negligence by one of the drivers involved. There are a number of ways law enforcement authorities can determine who was at fault, and this is important for insurance and legal reasons.

If you take drugs, stay out of the driver's seat

Law enforcement agents in California, and in many states around the country, have noticed an increase of drivers who are driving under the influence of drugs. You may think that driving after taking medication, especially if it is prescribed, is alright, but this is not the case. The consequences of drugged driving are the same as for those who drink and drive.

California's answer to high prevalence of hit-and-run accidents

Recent data shows that the rate of hit-and-run accidents in the country is at an all-time high. The state of California has taken steps to help decrease these types of incidents, and the results have been positive. Its outcomes may help other states pass similar legislation, which should help limit the number of drivers that flee after hitting another vehicle or person.

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