The laws of the road apply to everyone, and if you drink and drive, you’re at risk of being pulled over for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI). No one is immune to such a charge, and celebrity cases only serve to highlight this fact. In fact, Tiger Woods, arguably the world’s most celebrated golfer, was recently charged with DUI in Florida.
Tiger Woods was charged with DUI near his home and his upscale Florida restaurant, The Woods Jupiter, in the wee hours of the morning. Woods’ car was stopped on the side of the road with the brake lights and blinker on; Mr. Woods was asleep behind the wheel. Officers had to awaken the confused Woods. Though Woods passed two breathalyzer tests (with 0.000 readings), he exhibited slurred speech and failed a field sobriety test. He was taken into custody and was released on his own recognizance several hours later.
The breathalyzer tests conclude that Tiger Woods had not been drinking. He was, however, taking prescription painkillers that had been prescribed for back surgery he’d undergone five weeks earlier. Mr. Woods later revealed that he’d experienced an unexpected reaction to prescribed medications, an explanation that’s consistent with the original statement he made to arresting officers.
Florida prohibits (as does New Jersey) driving under the influence of chemical or controlled substances, such as many prescription painkillers. One of the four medications that Tiger Woods had taken was the prescription pain medication Vicodin, a controlled substance. However, maintaining road safety demands that drivers take full responsibility for any adverse reactions they may have to medications while driving. Tiger Woods appears to be taking full responsibility for his own prescription-medication mishap.
If you take a prescription medication that’s also a controlled substance, make sure that you are familiar with the drug’s effects on you before you get behind the wheel. You could jeopardize your own and others’ safety. You, just like celebrity Tiger Woods, could also face DUI charges.
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