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DUI Doesn’t Mean Drunk Driving

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feldman_amy Amy Feldman
Amy E. Feldman is a business commentator and legal business...
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By Amy E. Feldman

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - A Connecticut woman found out the hard way that to be arrested for DUI, you don’t have to be drunk.

A Connecticut woman was charged recently with driving under the influence after crashing her car into an East Haven liquor store. In case you were wondering about the chicken and egg issue – wait, how’d she get drunk before she got to the liquor store – it will make more sense when you learn that she wasn’t drunk.

So how was she charged with driving under the influence? Because she was under the influence of cold medicine.

All states have laws that prevent impaired driving. But many people don’t realize that impairment can come from alcohol but also from illegal drugs, or legally prescribed prescription medication and even over the counter medicines.

So, like the Connecticut woman, you never have to make it into the liquor store to violate the law.

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