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As an older driver, you are devastated by your DUI arrest

You probably began to drive when you were 16. Now you are in your seventies and all these years you have had a clean driving record. Unfortunately, that changed recently when you were arrested for DUI.

You only had one glass of wine before driving home from the restaurant where you were having dinner with friends. The officer stopped you because you were “weaving.” Was that because of the wine or because of the medication you are taking?

A cautious driver

You have always been a cautious driver who rarely takes chances. You always try to obey the rules of the road and were within the speed limit when law enforcement pulled you over. You did not think you were weaving, but you complied with the directions given to you by the officer.

Driving problems

Michigan values older drivers and publishes guides that contain safety tips, one of which is not to drink alcohol before getting behind the wheel. The state also acknowledges that a motorist may have a medical condition that makes driving unsafe. Various agencies have similar points of view. For example, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has published Driver Fitness Medical Guidelines, which divides medical issues that affect driving performance into three categories:

  • Conditions that create limitations on functions
  • Conditions that may cause loss of consciousness
  • Use of alcohol, drugs or medications that inhibit safe driving

Telling your story

The circumstances surrounding an arrest will dictate whether the offense is a felony or a misdemeanor, and in your case, it is the latter. That is the good news. The not-so-good news is the way the arrest has affected you: You feel embarrassed and hate having to tell family and friends about the incident. The new prescription medication you are taking may have had more to do with the erratic way you were driving than that one glass of wine, in which case, one of the first people you should tell about your arrest for DUI should be your doctor.

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