Oregon State Police warns people about driving on flu medication

The agency posted a picture on their Facebook page last week that said: "drugged driving is drunk driving."

Posted: Dec 26, 2019 6:17 PM

EUGENE, Ore.-- Oregon State Police want to remind drivers that some of the flu medication could lead to a DUII.

The agency posted a picture on their Facebook page last week that said: "drugged driving is drunk driving." Oregon State Police said they wanted to get the point across that if someone who is sick and chooses to drive on medication like Nyquil, they are at risk of getting pulled over. Sergeant Evan Sether said troopers are always looking for people that might be impaired, no matter what has been consumed before.

"If we see those observations of impairment, whether its driving issues or we stop somebody for another random violation and we have some contact with them and we are concerned about their ability to drive, we'll run them through field sobriety tests," Sether said.

Sether said the agency rarely makes an arrest because someone is sick but if the medication's side effects clearly are creating a dangerous situation on the road then they may make a DUII arrest. However many drivers like Bryanna Eastman said they had no clue this was a possibility.

"A little surprised but it does say on there not to operate heavy machinery so it makes sense," Eastman said. "But I had no idea."

The best advice from Oregon State Police to those who are sick, stay home and get better.

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