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11. Driving Under the Influence

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Narcotics

Narcotics such as heroin can cause stupor, coma, and death, slow your reaction time, cause visual distortions and impair you motor skills. Narcotics cause an inability to concentrate, apathy, euphoria, stupor, dimness of vision, drowsiness and nausea. A driver's mind will wander and will have lapses in consciousness. Decision making process will become distorted. It is therefore difficult for narcotic-impaired drivers to make quick decisions about developing traffic situations.

Hallucinogens such as LSD (acid), mescaline, PCP (angel dust), and peyote can cause visual, auditory or tactile hallucinations that distort your ability to detect hazards and impair your judgment. These drugs can create a perception of super strength and invulnerability, and cause aggressive behavior.

Hallucinogens produce hallucinations that can interfere with vision, perception and hearing. That is, the user experiences images and sounds that do not truly exist These drugs can cause drivers to lose the ability to judge space and the speed at which they are driving. Additionally, the hallucinations can produce erratic and dangerous driving on the part of the impaired driver.

Combining illegal, prescription, or over-the-counter drugs with other drugs or alcohol may impair your vision, judgment, and reaction time far greater than you would expect from taking the same drugs individually. This stronger, combined (synergistic) effect can seriously impair safe driving ability.

Combining different drugs, or drugs and alcohol, can enhance some of the dangerous side effects of many drugs, even those that are prescribed by a physician or purchased over-the-counter. This can result in even more driving impairment. Many drugs have unexpected side effects when they are taken with alcohol. Drugs and alcohol should never be used at the same time.

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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. BAC stands for:


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


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  5. 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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