DUI-Even on Prescriptions:Good Insomniacs Do Get Arrested
You may not have heard about it yet, but on May 15, the FDA announced it is requiring the manufacturer of the prescription sleep aid Lunesta (eszopiclone) to cut its recommended starting dose in half. This affects both men and women, dropping the original recommendation from
2 mg. to 1 mg. to start.
Apparently statistics indicated that the drug levels in some patients were high enough the morning after taking the drug to impair driving and other activities, even if they felt wide-awake. http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm397453.htm
Many medications have warnings to avoid driving or performing tasks that require mental alertness while taking them, or at least until you know how they affect you. Even if you are being treated with prescription drugs by a licensed, practicing physician, if your driving abilities are affected, you still can be arrested for Driving While Impaired (DWI) or Driving Under the Influence (DUI). Alcohol does not have to be a factor.
One of the go-to charges, if the law does not feel it can convict on impairment with a DWI or DUI, is reckless driving. According to Florida Law, "any person who drives any vehicle in willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property is guilty of reckless driving. It is also considered reckless driving, if a person in a motor vehicle flees a law enforcement officer. Although not as harsh as those for DUI or DWI, there are penalties for reckless driving which increase with the severity of the offense.
Good People Do Get Arrested That's why you need to call us. Here at Scott T. Moorey, Attorneys-At-Law, we're available 24/7.