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Drugged driving is now a bigger threat than drunk driving

A doctor's prescription doesn't absolve you of your legal responsibility to know how medication affects you behind the wheel.

December has been dubbed National Drunk and Drugged-Driving Prevention Month. Drunk and drugged-driving fatalities occur year round, but data shows that the holiday season is a particularly dangerous time on the roadways.

The Governors Highway Safety Association and the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility recently reported that, in 2015, both illegal and prescription drugs were found in the bodies of fatally injured drivers a staggering 43% of the time. Meanwhile, alcohol above the legal limit was found in just 37% of the drivers.

It’s a simple rule: If you’re on a drug that impairs your driving ability, you shouldn't be driving. A doctor’s prescription won’t absolve you of your legal responsibility to know what that medication can do to you if you get behind the wheel.

All drivers are considered to have given their consent to a chemical test to determine Bodily Alcohol Content (BAC) or to test for drugs in the body through Michigan’s Implied Consent law. If you refuse to take the test, six points will be added to your driving record, and your license will be suspended for one year.

The information above is courtesy of Michigan Auto Law. For more facts and auto tips, visit www.michiganautolaw.com.

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