THE FACTS ABOUT PRESCRIPTION DRUG USE AND DRIVING
OF PEOPLE 55+
use prescriptions that could impair driving.
of drivers who tested positive for drugs were using prescribed medication.
how your medication will impact your driving ability.
A typical DUI costs an average of
when including legal fees, fines, and higher insurance rates.
Driving under the influence of alcohol, marijuana, or prescription
drugs can lead to a DUI.
Prescription pills and medications can have many adverse effects that negatively impact your ability to drive safe. In fact, impairment from prescription drugs can be just as dangerous as impairment from alcohol. Always use your prescription drugs as directed and stay off the road if you know your judgment will be impaired.
KNOW THE LAW
When you drive a vehicle in Nevada, you have legally given consent to breath or blood testing. Refusal of testing is grounds for an arrest and law enforcement may use reasonable force to obtain blood samples.
If any detectable amount of a substance that is illegal when driving—even prescription drugs—is found in your blood, you are subject to the same penalties as you would be for alcohol impairment.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
The effects of prescription drugs vary wildly depending on your circumstance and the severity of the prescription. Always consult your doctor and carefully read any instructions about your prescription before getting behind the wheel. If your prescription could affect your ability to drive safe, plan ahead and get a ride from family, friends, or through other forms of transportation. If you see someone who is driving impaired, contact the local police. If you see someone who is about to drive impaired, take their keys and do what you can to prevent them from driving.