Allergy Medicine and DUI

Each year, special-interest groups and government organizations spend significant amounts of money on campaigns to educate people on the dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol. What many people do not realize is that common medication and over-the-counter drugs may have a very similar effect on a driver as alcohol. If a person is operating a vehicle in an impaired state caused by over-the-counter drugs, he or she may face charges of driving under the influence (DUI).

During cold and allergy season, many people turn to popular over-the-counter drugs to help alleviate common symptoms. Unfortunately, the medicine they take may cause serious accidents involving physical injury, property damage, and possibly even death. If you would like to know more about medication and DUI, contact Dallas DWI lawyer Mark T. Lassiter at (214) 845-7007 today.

Over-the-counter Medicine and Impairment

Common cold and allergy medicines may cause impairment including:

  • Drowsiness
  • Lack of focus and ability to concentrate
  • Delayed reaction time
  • Reduced ability to judge speed
  • Inability to accurately judge distance
  • Reckless behavior
  • Inability to read road signs and warnings

Although the specific laws regarding DUI vary from state to state, most recognize that it is illegal to operate a vehicle while intoxicated, even if the substance in question is something other than alcohol.

Contact a Dallas DUI Lawyer

If you or someone you love has been charged with DUI, contact Dallas DUI lawyer Mark T. Lassiter at (214) 845-7007 to discuss your defense.


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