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Smile Re: DWI from Adderall, and cops didn't see me driving?

Originally Posted by PoppnNSailinMan View Post
WOW! I'm shocked to read this.

But I've never had any negative encounters with police besides getting pulled over once for making a right turn on a red light when there was a no right on red sign posted (I got a ticket) and getting yelled at once by a police officer from the window of a passing cruiser for jaywalking late at night across a deserted street.

I had no idea that it's possible to get arrested for DUI when you aren't actually driving or aren't in your car.

And it's also kind of ironic that you were arrested for taking a medication that was probably making your driving better, not worse.

In his book, Taking Charge of Adult ADHD, Russell Barkley continually emphasizes the importance of people with ADHD being on ADHD meds because of the risk they pose to themselves and others when they're driving unmedicated. Barkley is one of the top experts in the country on ADHD and this issue is especially important to him because his own brother who had ADHD was killed in a fatal car accident in 2006. As he says, "the most common cause of car accidents is driver inattention," so it's not too surprising that studies have shown that people with ADHD tend to:
  • Have more than twice as many accidents in which they were at fault.
  • Have slower and more variable reaction times when driving.
  • Make more impulsive errors while driving.
  • Be far more inattentive and distractible while driving than other adults.
  • Have more severe crashes as measured by dollar damages and people injured.
  • Have nearly three times more speeding tickets.

Because of all this, Barkley says:
  • If your ADHD is moderate to severe, be sure you're taking your ADHD medication whenever driving.
  • Also take your medication if operating vehicles or heavy equipment is part of your work.
  • What is also important here is to take your medication on a schedule that ensures that you'll have adequate levels of medication in your bloodstream when you're most likely to be driving, such as morning and evening commuting or late-night driving for work or social occasions.

In the section of his book where he gives reasons for someone with ADHD to take ADHD meds, he brings up the fact that it tends to make them safer drivers.

When I'm on the Vyvanse that I'm taking now, my driving is definitely much better and I don't get distracted and my mind doesn't wander as much as it does when I'm unmedicated.

When I decided earlier this year to try taking a stimulant again, one of the reasons I told my doctor for why I felt this was important was because I felt that it would make me a safer driver. This is especially true because I've had a serious accident before. About 9 years ago, I was in a car accident where I was driving at night on a dark road and went through a stop sign right out into oncoming traffic. Both my own car and the car that hit me were totaled, the driver of the other car suffered a broken arm and I had to get stitches for a scalp laceration once I got to the hospital. And, of course, my insurance company had to pay out a bunch of money to the driver of the other car and my own insurance premiums went way up.

I don't know for sure to what extent my own ADHD might have contributed to the accident I was in, but I was unmedicated at the time and I agree with Barkley that it's important for people with ADHD to take ADHD meds if they're going to drive.

So, hopefully your attorney will bring up the expert opinion of someone like Russell Barkley to show why taking your Adderall probably made you a safer driver, not a more dangerous one.
Wow, PoppnNSailinMan, thank you for your extremely awesome, helpful, and supportive post! This is exactly the kind of response I was hoping for by sharing my story!

I appreciate the part where you mention Russell Barkley, and I absolutely plan on bringing that up with my attorney! All the reavent information, legally speaking, concerning internet impairment is really helpful! Iv already found several other reavent cases involving driving impairment and amphetamines/Adderall so I think my chances are very good. In addition to Russell Barkley, I found several articles that examine ADHD and driving preformce, as well as another done that finds individuals with adhd without their medication can preform extremely porely driving, equitable to if they were intoxicated.

That's very unfortunate your accident that involved you running a stop sign and being in that in that horrendous wreck. I'm sorry to hear that happened to you, but I'm glad that you can attest to the pros/benefits of driving while medicated. I especially like the part where you mention how Russell Barkley says to:
"take your medication on a schedule that ensures that you'll have adequate levels of medication in your bloodstream when you're most likely to be driving, such as morning and evening commuting or late-night driving for work or social occasions."

That passage is ironic because that's exactly how I, and I'm sure everyone else, uses their medication for and for how it's intended.

I also wanted to share another irony about this case with you all. I live in a state in which DWI is a big problem, and the state is always trying to crack down on drunk drivers to make it tougher on them. The very morning, during my lunch shift, the exact same day that I got the dwi and got arrested, I was serving the Governor of my state at one of my tables. I can remember thinking, while I was taking her order, "wow I can't believe I'm her waiter, she is really tough on drunk drivers, I hope that never happens to me." I took a picture of the receipt to capture/prove the irony. Of course at the time, I was taking the picture of the reciept just to prove that I had served the governor. Of course the fact that I took the picture becomes ironic after the fact through, haha.

Anyway, thank you for the great great posts, guys! Thanks for sharing! I look forward to hearing everyone's stories!
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