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11. Driving Under the Influence

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Drugs (cont.)

The fact that a doctor prescribed the drug does not make its effects any less dangerous or illegal. Narcotics such as codeine, Demerol, and other pain killers can cause drowsiness, a stupor like condition, a false sense of well being, and poor coordination. All of these effects can seriously impair driving ability.

Under no circumstances should you mix medications unless directed by your physician. You should never take medications prescribed for someone else.

You can be found to be driving while impaired and convicted of DUI with any amount of illegal drugs in your system. Unlike alcohol, there is no legally acceptable level of use when it comes to drugs (it is important to remember that there is no safe level of alcohol use when driving because impairment occurs at even the lowest levels).

Depressants such as sleeping pills, tranquilizers and barbiturates can cause drowsiness, the inability to stay awake, slowed reactions, and poor coordination. All of these effects are dangerous when you are behind the wheel.

Stimulants such as speed, methamphetamine, crack, and cocaine can cause a false sense of well being, difficulty in concentrating, aggressiveness, chronic paranoia, and impatience. As well as being illegal, these types of effects can lead to erratic, aggressive behavior and dangerous driving situations. Illegal stimulants can cause the same problems as prescription stimulants, but with much greater intensity.

Stimulants can give users a false sense of well-being and make them think that they are super-alert. These drugs often cause drivers to take foolish and life-threatening risks. When the effect of stimulants wears off, which can be very suddenly, users can become very tired quickly. This could cause drivers to lose concentration and alertness and place them in a dangerous situation.

Marijuana

Marijuana causes drowsiness, can distort your sense of time and space, and impairs your ability to adapt to light and dark. If you possess, possess for sale, transport or offer to transport, import into California, sell, furnish, administer or give away marijuana, the court will order a revocation of your driver license. Also, providing marijuana or inducing its use by a minor, hiring or employing a minor for the purpose of transporting, carrying, selling, giving away, preparing for sale or peddling marijuana will also result in revocation.

The court will also order a one-year suspension of your driving privilege if you are under 21 years of age but 13 years of age or older and are convicted of a drug related offense.

Marijuana affects people's awareness of how fast they are driving and their ability to judge time and space. It also tends to affect individuals concentration. That is, the impaired driver tends to concentrate on one thing at a time, ignoring all else around them. A good driver must be able to observe his surroundings and make sound decisions when driving a vehicle. This becomes difficult, if not impossible, when under the influence of marijuana.

Lesson Summary


  

Lesson 11 Quiz


You will now answer 5 questions to test what you learned during this lesson. You must answer all questions correctly to receive completion credit for this lesson. You may answer the questions as many times as necessary to get them right.

You should review the lesson material if you don't do well on the quiz.

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  2. After completing all 11 lessons and then passing the final test, your certificate of completion of driver education will be:


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  3. If you are under 21, the zero tolerance policy for drinking and driving will revoke your license even if your BAC is as low as what percent?


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  5. BAC stands for:


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