More Xanax DUIs in Alabama than Marijuana

Most people associate DUI with alcohol, but a person can be arrested in Alabama for DUI without any allegation that the person consumed any alcohol. A person can be charged with driving under the influence of a controlled substance, the combined influence of alcohol and a controlled substance, or for driving under any substance that renders him or her incapable of safely operating a vehicle. No one is surprised that the majority of DUI’s involve alcohol. And most of us would guess that marijuana is the second leading cause of DUI in Alabama. Shockingly, this is wrong. The second leading cause of DUI in Alabama is actually the prescription drug Xanax and its generic form, alprazolam. (See, http://www.al.com/news/index.ssf/2015/06/xanax_passes_marijuana_as_seco.html). This brings up an important point. The fact that a prescription drug was prescribed to you by a doctor is NOT a defense to DUI. If a legal prescription drug renders you unable to safely drive, then it is illegal to drive in that condition.

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