Alcohol and/or drugs impairs your judgment. Impaired judgment or good sense, affects how you react to sounds and what you see. It is also dangerous to walk in traffic or ride a bicycle, while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. It takes about an hour for the body to get rid of each “drink”. If a person has had more than one drink an hour, one hour of “sobering up” time should be allowed for each extra drink consumed before driving. Better still, someone who has not been drinking should drive.
Much of what has been said about alcohol also applies to drugs. California’s drunk driving law is also a drug driving law. It refers to “driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. If an officer suspects that you are under the influence of drugs, the officer can legally require you to take a blood or urine test. Drivers who refuse these tests are subject to longer license suspensions and revocations.
The use of any drug which impairs your ability to drive safely is illegal. Check with your physician or pharmacist and read the warning label if you are not sure that taking medication will affect your driving. Here are some facts:
✓ Most drugs taken for colds, high fever, allergy, or to calm nerves or muscles can make a person drowsy.
✓ Medicines taken together or used with alcohol can be dangerous. Many drugs have unexpected side effects when taken with alcohol.
✓ Pep pills and diet pills can make a driver more allert for a short time. Later, however, they can cause a person to be nervous, dizzy, and not able to concentrate. They can also affect vision.
Any drug that “may cause drowsiness or dizziness” is one you should not take before driving. Make sure you read the label and know the effects of any drug use.
Carrying Alcohol in a Vehicle
The law is very strict about carrying alcohol or drugs in a vehicle, whether the vehicle is on or off the highway. You must not drink any amount of alcohol in any vehicle. A container of liquor, beer, or wine carried inside the vehicle must be full, sealed and unopened. Otherwise, it must be kept in the trunk of the vehicle or in a place where passengers do not sit. Keeping an opened alcoholic drink in the glove compartment is specifically against the law. In a car where there is a designated chauffeur/driver or in a limousine, this law does not apply for non-driving passengers. Drive4Me Chauffeur Service has the ability to provide a driver for your own car, a town car or limousine service.
Drivers under 21 and possesion of Alcohol;
✓ You may not carry liquor, beer, or wine inside a vehicle unless you are accompanied by a parent or other person as specified by law and the container must be full, sealed and unopened.
✓ If you are caught with an alcoholic beverage in your vehicle, it may be impounded for up to 30 days, The court may fine you up to $1,000.00 and either suspend your driving privilege for one year or require DMV to delay the issuance of your first license for up to one year, if you are not already licensed.
✓ Your driving privilege will be revoked for one year, if you are convicted of either driving with a Blood Alcohol Content of 0.01% or higher, or driving while under the influence of alcohol and drugs. On the first offene you will be required to complete the educational portion of a licensed driving-under-the-influence program.
✓ Exception: You may carry alcoholic beverages in closed containers, while working for someone with an off-site liquor sales license.