In Oregon, a person is guilty of DUII (Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants) if they drive while their abilities are impaired by alcohol, a controlled substance or inhalant or a combination of such substances. This includes many controlled substances such as marijuana, cocaine and other illegal drugs, and various narcotics with or without a prescription. Impaired drivers not only risk there own safety but the safety of others, and they risk arrest. A conviction for DUII comes with many consequences both financial and legal.
Drivers arrested for DUII are required under Oregon’s Implied Consent Laws to submit to a breath test to determine their level of alcohol intoxication, or chemical test to determine if they are under the influence of a controlled substance. If a breath test or blood test shows that their blood alcohol content is over the legal limit (.08 for adults 21 and over) their driving privileges will be suspended. However, if they refuse the test their driving privileges will be suspended for a much longer period of time.
A police officer who is certified under the state’s Drug Evaluation and Classification Program may also request a urine test if it is suspected that the person is driving under the influence of a controlled substance, an inhalant or any combination of these substances.
for more information on the law along with the fines and possible jail sentences. Prescription & Over-the-Counter Drugs
Several prescription and over-the-counter drugs can have a moderate to severe affect on driving ability including sleep aids, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, muscle relaxants, anti-anxiety drugs and some anti-depressants. Driving When You Are Taking Medications
is a brochure that provides practical advice and safe driving tips.