Drugged Driving Becoming More Prevalent Than Drunk Driving

Drugged Driving More Prevalent Than Drunk Driving

National Impaired Driving Prevention Month to Focus on Growing Epidemic

December is National Impaired Driving Prevention Month and also the time of year for holiday parties, family gatherings and travel. This is a prudent reminder of the risks associated with driving under the influence of alcohol as well as drugs, not just illicit drugs, but prescription and over the counter medications too. Drugged driving | IS becoming more prevalent than drunk driving at least on U.S. streets.

Why? The season between Thanksgiving and January 1st is what the National Association of Drug Court Professionals describes as “one of the deadliest and most dangerous times on America’s roadways because of a rise in impaired driving.”

Unfortunately, many people have the misconception that driving under the influence of alcohol is worse than driving while impaired by substances such as marijuana or prescription medication. Likewise, misinterpreted as Drunk Driving being  more prevalent than Drugged Driving. Legalization of Marijuana in an increasing number of U.S. states will exacerbate these negative statistics.  Although, time will tell?

As the overall number of drivers killed in motor vehicle crashes in the United States declines, the percentage of drugged drivers involved in these accidents increases. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA’s) 2013-2014 National Roadside Survey, more than 22 percent of drivers tested positive for illegal, prescription or over-the-counter drugs.

The spike in the percentage of drugged drivers is concerning, and in recent years, safety advocates and political figures, including the President of the United States, have done their part to emphasize this topic.

In his 2014 National Impaired Driving Prevention Month Presidential Proclamation, President Barack Obama stated that his administration is working to keep drugged drivers off the road and help bolster law enforcement officials’ ability to identify drug-impaired drivers because drugged driving | is more prevalent than drunk driving.

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