Drivers involved in fatal accidents are more likely to test positive for prescription drugs and street drugs then in the past. Here are some staggering statistics from some recent reports.
· From 1993 to 2010, for fatal crashes, the number of drugged drivers with three or more drugs in their system almost doubled as it jumped from 11.5 % to 21.5%.
· Drivers involved in fatal crashes are more likely to be combining drugs with alcohol. For instance, 55% of drivers who had used marijuana had also been drinking and 70% of drivers who tested positive for cocaine also had alcohol in their system.
· Prescription drug use was highest in drivers over age 50
· Marijuana use was highest in drivers under age 30.
· A 2012 study reported nearly 10.3 million American had driven under the influence of illicit drugs in the past year.
Drugged driving is just as dangerous as drunk driving. Any agent that affects motor skills and brain functions puts everyone else on or near the road at risk including other drivers, passengers, pedestrians, motorcyclists, bicyclists, etc.
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