The recent case of a Micanopy woman being charged with DUI manslaughter brings to light something that people often forget - Being charged with DUI does not always mean that a person has consumed alcohol.
DUI stands for "Driving Under the Influence", the charge of DUI does not necessarily imply alcohol consumption. A person can be "under the influence" of legal or illegal drugs, or anything that causes a person's normal facilities to be impaired, including alcohol.
Remember, driving while taking certain prescription or over the counter medications can:
- Cause impairment of your ability to operate a motor vehicle,
- Result in a DUI arrest and charge,
- Result in the same long term consequences as if your BAC (blood alcohol content) was over the legal limit.
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