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Driving High in Naperville

Most think that driving under the influence just means driving drunk, however as more and more states legalize marijuana; driving high is becoming an issue.

Naperville has seen a small spike in people driving while under the influence of drugs from 34 arrests in 2014 to 40 in 2015. This is prompting the department to give a little more attention to the issue.

However, driving high doesn’t just include illegal drugs; it could be things you take on a daily basis.

“It’s the over the counter or prescriptions. We really recommend that residents and citizens that drive through our town pay attention to what the warnings say on those bottles, talk to your doctor about these things, because medications will tell you ‘don’t operate machinery or a vehicle while taking this medicine.’ So people have this false sense of security that they can drive when taking these drugs but they can’t,” said Commander Jason Arres of the Naperville Police Department.

And the consequences for driving under the influence of drugs could be steep.

“Driving high is treated the same way as a DUI Alcohol. We have to show and determine that the person is under the influence, of whatever substance it may be and then they are put through tests very similar to a DUI Alcohol because these will impair you, your balance, sense of perception, very similar to how a DUI Alcohol would,” Arres said.

Over the recent holiday weekend the Naperville Police Department made seven DUI arrests.

Naperville News 17’s Natalie Vitale reports.


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