The dangers of ‘impaired’ driving

HARLINGEN — Is it drunken driving or impaired driving?

Well, which is the most dangerous? Hard to tell, really. Local medical professionals prefer the term “impaired” driving, which can include not only alcohol but also cocaine, marijuana and even pain medication.

The dangers of this impaired driving, or even “distracted” driving as some physicians call it, extends beyond driving a car. People shouldn’t even drive a boat if they’re impaired, nor should they drive 4-wheelers or any other vehicle, said Ginger Cunningham, RN, trauma and stroke program coordinator at HarlingenMedicalCenter.

“People on motorcycles have the highest percentage of deaths from drunk driving,” Cunningham said.

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