It’s a common assumption that the only way the police can arrest you for driving while intoxicated is if your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is over 0.08 percent. The truth is that any operating any vehicle while under the influence of a controlled dangers substance listed in schedule I, II III, IV or V can result in a DWI. Furthermore, combining alcohol with over the counter, legitimately obtained medication, can lead to impairment and therefore DWI.

Another common question I field is about buzzed driving. Buzzed driving is drunk driving. It isn’t okay if that buzz is making you a danger to others. Any level of noticeable impairment puts you at risk of a DWI. How? The combination of over the counter medication with alcohol can be enough to make your operation a danger to others and therefore result in a charge for of under the while intoxicated.