It’s interesting that the owner of the Indianapolis Colts, Jim Irsay, has been arrested for driving under the influence (DUI). He was pulled over by police for driving too slowly and stopping in the middle of the road. Usually an impaired driver is stopped for speeding or driving recklessly. News media reported he failed field sobriety tests.
Driving under the influence affects people in different ways but impaired judgment is a given. Irsay is an example of someone who could have easily called a cab and not have exposed himself to the national attention he is getting.
He’s the latest poster child for a growing national problem of impaired driving not related to alcohol. I was at a meeting last week speaking to the Corporal of our local sheriff’s office in charge of their DUI unit. He confirmed over half of the arrests made by the sheriff’s office locally are due to prescription drugs and narcotics rather than alcohol. This is a huge change over DUI arrests they’ve traditionally seen over the last several years.
There’s a whole segment of people taking all types of legally prescribed medications that while, prescribed by a doctor, still causes impairment. They should not be driving.
Irsay is very fortunate the decision he made will only affect his life. Many times, when a driver chooses to get behind the wheel intoxicated or impaired, someone else’s life – such an innocent driver, a pedestrian or cyclist is tragically affected.