Fewer Drunk Drivers, But More Drug Induced Drivers on the Road.



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The number of drivers on the road with alcohol in their systems decreased by one-third since 2007, but a government report released this Friday found that there has been a large increase in drivers affected with marijuana and other illicit drugs.

The report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said that drivers who have tested positive has declines by more than three-quarters since the agency first began conducting roadside surveys in 1973.

But the latest surveys conducted in 2013, and 2014 found that 22 percent drivers tested positive for at least one drug that could impact the drivers safety. However it includes illicit, prescription drugs and over the counter medications.

The anonymous surveys have been conducted across the country  for at least 40 years, they gather data from drivers who agree to participate.

About 8 percent of drivers during weekend night time hours have were found to have some alcohol in their system, and 1.5 percent were found with .08 percent or  higher breath alcohol content – the legal limit in every state. Drivers with any alcohol in their systems and drivers testing greater than .08 were both down by about 30 percent from the previous survey in 2007.

At the same time, more than 15 percent of drivers tested positive for at least one illicit drug, which increased by 12 percent from 2007. The number of drivers with marijuana in their systems grew by nearly 50 percent over the same period of time, 8.6 percent in 2007 ti 12.6 percent in 2014.

In my opinion drivers who have been drinking or using illicit as well as prescription drugs should be aware that they not only pose danger to themselves, but to others, even if they feel that they are capable  of driving they shouldn’t because their reflexes, and judgment get impaired.  Maybe in the future there will be grater protections against “drugged” driving such as quick efficient methods to test alcohol or drug levels in the body before a driver turns the ignition.


Current (2008) logo for the United States Nati...
Current (2008) logo for the United States National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It has been used since late 2006. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)