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Drugged driving arrests rise in Nebraska

For many decades in Nebraska, a heavy emphasis has been placed on combatting alleged instances of driving under the influence. This emphasis has been so heavy, in fact, that the term driving under the influence and its acronym, DUI, is all but considered a synonym for drunk driving. However, a driver can be arrested for and charged with a DUI offense even if they have not consumed alcohol. This is because operating a vehicle under the influence of a drug may also lead to such a charge.

According to Nebraska TV, the number of people finding themselves facing criminal charges for suspected drugged driving in the state has been on the rise. Grand Island is said to have more active cases of suspected driving under the influence of drugs than any other part of the state, incuding the city of Omaha.

This increase has been exceptionally notable in the last four years, possibly coinciding with the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes in neighboring Colorado. Today, drugs are involved with 39 percent of all DUI cases in Nebraska. In 2014, they were connected to only 16 percent of DUI cases throughout the state.

It is important for drivers to know that legal drugs, even those available without a doctor's prescription, may contribute to a DUI arrest. Prescription medications for common conditions like depression, ADD or chronic pain can also be factors in drugged driving charges. People in Nebraska who need to use these medications may want to consult with an attorney if they are charged with a DUI offense. 



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