Does the law in Florida treat drivers who were high on illegal drugs any differently than drunk drivers?

One question that I hear pretty frequently is, “What is the difference between driving drunk, and driving impaired by pharmaceutical drugs or street drugs?” Under the law, really no difference at all. Why, because the problem it’s not the type of chemical that’s caused somebody to be impaired. It doesn’t really matter at all whether it’s a liquid chemical or if it’s a pill that causes somebody to be impaired when they’re behind the wheel. The problem is somebody is impaired when they’re behind the wheel, and that’s too big of a risk to the general public. That’s why it’s not allowed. The law is going to treat them just the same, doesn’t matter whether they’re drunk, or whether they’re high on something that was prescribed to them, or was a street drug. It’s all bad.

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