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Driving Under Drugs and Alcohol

APD Traffic Investigator, Cpl. Michael Clatworthy APD Traffic Investigator, Cpl. Michael Clatworthy

You could be in danger out on the roads because of medications other people are taking. Driving under the influence of prescription drugs and alcohol is an ongoing problem in Amarillo.

Police say they give out about 15 DUI's a week. Out of those 15, five are people who mixed alcohol with drugs.

Police say people will take someone else's medications, such as anti depressants and strong pain killers, then drink and drive. 

APD Traffic Investigator, Cpl. Michael Clatworthy says, "When you have alcohol in your system and then drugs, the mix can make you zombie-like so your ability to drive a vehicle or even to live is greatly reduced."

Clatworthy says whether you combine alcohol and drugs or use one by itself, if you drive under the influence you could be charged. 

DUI is a class B misdemeanor, your licence could be suspended for 120 days and you could pay hundreds to thousands of dollars in fines.

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