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December is National Drunk and Drugged Driving (3D) Prevention Month

How Alcohol and Drugs Affect Driving

Alcohol

Beer, Wine, Whiskey, Gin, Rum, Vodka, Tequila, etc.

  • Dulls judgment and concentration
  • Slows releases and reaction time
  • Leads to multiple, blurred and restricted side and night vision
  • Hinders muscle control and coordination
  • Exaggerates emotions
  • Increases drowsiness

Alcohol Plus Marijuana

Any Alcoholic Beverage and Pot, Hash, or T.H.C.

In addition to the effects of alcohol:

  • Slows reaction time
  • Leads to multiple vision and slowed glare recovery time
  • Hinders muscle control coordination, maneuvering ability and ability to recognize traffic signals
  • Affects short term memory and tracking ability
  • Increases distraction and drowsiness

Alcohol Plus Antihistamines

Any alcoholic beverage and cold remedies such as Sudafed, Coricidin

In addition to the effects of alcohol:

  • Dulls judgement and concentration
  • Slows reaction time
  • Leads to reduced vision
  • Hinders coordination
  • Increases drowsiness, confusion, and anxiety

Alcohol Plus Tranquilizers

Any alcoholic beverage and sleep medication such as Valium, Librium, Seconal, etc.

In addition to the effects of alcohol:

  • Dulls judgment and concentration
  • Slows reflexes and reaction time
  • Leads to multiple, blurred and restricted side and night vision
  • Hinders coordination and motor skills
  • Increases drowsiness

From the National Commission Against Drunk Driving

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