Most people have heard the saying, “Do not drink and drive.” With that said, you may have scratched your head when someone said something about “drugged” driving. What exactly does this entail?
As an increasing number of states have loosened restrictions on some drugs, more and more lawmakers are looking for ways to address drivers who get behind the wheel while intoxicated by substances other than alcohol.
Drug laws in South Carolina
In recent years, many places around the United States have legalized or decriminalized “softer” drugs like cannabis. Although southern states have generally been less receptive to legalization efforts, the governments of Virginia, Florida and Mississipi have all legalized cannabis in some way or another.
Nonetheless, these softer drug allowances in nearby regions do not extend to South Carolina. Under state law, substances such as cannabis remain illegal.
When it comes to legal definitions, a driver is guilty of a DUI anytime he or she drives a vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Furthermore, the law follows what it calls “implied consent.” In South Carolina, this means any driver automatically consents to chemical tests for drugs or alcohol anytime they get behind the wheel.
In other words, not only can you end up in possible legal trouble concerning possession of popular drugs, but you can also face DUI charges under current state laws.
At the end of the day, drugged driving laws and drunk driving laws go hand-in-hand in South Carolina. Regardless of whether you drink alcohol or use drugs, deciding to drive afterward can land you in legal trouble.