Message Monday

If you feel different, you drive different

Over the years attitudes towards drunk driving have slowly changed, making it socially unacceptable in many circles. Research shows that most of us agree that we should discourage anyone who is noticeably drunk from getting behind the wheel of a car and never drive in that condition ourselves.

But what if you or your friend just had a few beers, smoked a little marijuana, or maybe you’ve been prescribed a new medication that bears a warning label to use caution when driving? Recognizing non-alcohol impairment might seem tricky and is harder to measure than a blood alcohol content of .08. But it’s as simple as answering this question, “Do you feel different than normal?” If so, the safest choice is to not drive.

If you feel different, you drive different.

For 2019, there have been 195 fatalities reported. That’s an increase of nine since last Monday. The 2018 fatality count stands at 319. This is subject to change as law enforcement reports are completed. To see statistics published daily by the Office of Driver Services, go to the daily fatality report at

August 19, 2019