How alcohol and drugs affect driving

What does the law on alcohol and drugs at the wheel say?

In the case of drugs, traffic law is demanding in this regard and prohibited from driving with the presence of illegal drugs in the body, otherwise it is considered a very serious offense punishable by a fine 1,000 euros and the withdrawal of 6 points in driving license.

But driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs can also be considered a crime as stated in Chapter IV of the Penal Code. For driving after drinking toxic drugs, narcotics or psychotropic substances entails imprisonment of three to six months or a fine of six to twelve months or work for the benefit of the community of 30 to 90 days and deprivation of the right to drive one up to four years.

Also keep in mind that the refusal to submit to alcohol tests and drugs is also punishable with imprisonment from six months to one year and deprivation of the right to drive from one to four years.

The effects of alcohol and drugs on driving

It is shown that the combination of alcohol and driving is not a good traveling companion because it reduces the ability to drive. When alcohol is absorbed into blood reactions and movements are slower, it increases the difficulty in concentration, drowsiness , muscle fatigue, coordination problems, disturbances in the perception of what surrounds us, in vision and hearing system and prevents correctly perform the calculation of distances.

Consequently, who drives after drinking alcohol is being exposed to a high risk of causing an accident. Specifically, the risk of accident is multiplied by 25 when the presence of alcohol in the blood reaches between 1.5 and 2.4 gr / l.

According to the DGT says if anyone currently used drugs lead after 900 deaths have less in a year. The data are alarming because, of the 68 959 drug tests conducted by the DGT in 2015, 33% were positive.

The effects of drugs on driving vary depending on the substance is taken: cannabis, marijuana, hashish, cocaine, amphetamines and ecstasy are the most frequent. In general they alter the colors, distort perception, and produce stimulation, aggression, mood swings, drowsiness and relaxation, lack of concentration.

These alterations have their consequences at the wheel risking his own life and that of other road users, for example, reduce the ability to react and make decisions, cause overconfidence, loss of reflexes, disorientation, distraction, glare, blurred vision and decreased fatigue. All these effects, both alcohol and for drugs, are compounded if they also consumed medication.

As we can see, alcohol and drugs are enemies of driving. If you drink alcohol or take drugs better you take public transport. Do not endanger your life and that of others by a lack of responsibility.