An Analysis of Current Virginia Statutes Relating to Driving Under the Influence of Drugs

Report No: 71-R27

Published in 1972

About the report:

This report observes and makes recommendations concerning the current Virginia statues relating to driving under the influence of drugs, including 1) adoption of of the language of the Uniform Vehicle Code (UVC) to expressly state the extent to which one must be "under the influence" for the prohibition of driving or operating a vehicle, 2) definition of the terms "drug" and "narcotic drug" within the Code chapters relating to motor vehicle laws, 3) that adoption of the UVC prohibition against driving by an "habitual user" of drugs (regardless of whether he is under the influence at the time of driving) would be premature, 4) Greater returns might be realized by requiring physicians to advise their patients of potential drug side effects inconsistent with safe driving, and 5) To date, there has been no enforcement of the prohibition against driving under the influence of drugs.  Consequently, greater emphasis should be placed on identifying problems of enforcement and on developing scientific methodology to aid in detection and conviction of offenders.

Disclaimer Statement:The contents of this report reflect the views of the author(s), who is responsible for the facts and the accuracy of the data presented herein. The contents do not necessarily reflect the official views or policies of the Virginia Department of Transportation, the Commonwealth Transportation Board, or the Federal Highway Administration. This report does not constitute a standard, specification, or regulation. Any inclusion of manufacturer names, trade names, or trademarks is for identification purposes only and is not to be considered an endorsement.


  • W. Allen Ames

Last updated: February 9, 2024

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