Talk:Operating machinery while intoxicated
Operating machinery while intoxicated occurs when an individual under the influence of any substance operates any piece of equipment or machinery. While most commonly associated with alcohol and driving, intoxicated operation of machinery can include the operation of industrial equipment, household construction equipment, and other complex processes that carry a high risk of physical injury. This can also occur with varying effects based on the substance used.
Driving a vehicle
Driving a car while intoxicated is the most commonly discussed form of operating a piece of machinery in an altered state of consciousness. This is dangerous because it not only endangers the intoxicated individual but also endangers people in the immediate area. Pedestrians and other drivers are endangered by the erratic behaviors of intoxicated drivers. The dangers to the intoxicated person include bodily harm and death.