An “impaired” driver isn’t necessarily a “drunk” driver, but they’re both bad to be behind the wheel.
Many people have heard of the allegations of driving while impaired (DUI) against pro golfer Tiger Woods and have seen this booking photo.
As the investigation is developing and Woods’ own admission in the press, Woods was not using alcohol, but rather claimed to have problems from an “unexpected reaction to prescribed medications.”
Regardless of the drug (alcohol, prescribed medications, illegal drugs), getting behind the wheel while “impaired” is illegal.
Alcohol has standards where you are presumed impaired- in Florida, if your blood alcohol content is .08 (meaning .08% of your bloodstream is composed of alcohol) or greater, you are presumed impaired.
Prescription drugs don’t have the same testing, but warn you on the packaging not to combine them with other drugs or to operate machinery if you’re taking it.
Woods should have listened to those warnings if he was being truthful when he stated he was not using alcohol.
As we see time and again, impaired drivers are among the most dangerous on the road, who cause serious personal injuries to innocent families out on the highways.
Our law in Florida recognizes the danger, allowing for impaired drivers who cause car crashes to potentially be liable for punitive damages.
If you or your family are injured in a car accident with an impaired driver, contact us at 1-800 984-9951 or Click Here to get in touch with one of our Lawyers
Source: CNN News