The Risks of Drugged Driving
October 6th, 2015|
We’ve all been taught about the dangers of drunk driving, and it seems to have been effective. The rate of drunk driving accidents reported in the U.S. is declining. However, there seems to be a new and ever-increasing danger on our roads and it’s drugged driving.
The Alabama car accident attorneys at Norris Injury Lawyers explain that roughly 38 percent of drivers killed in car accidents test positive for some form of drugs in their system at the time of a crash. Roughly one-third of those victims test positive for marijuana, while another ten percent have amphetamines in their system.
A report issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration offers several suggestions for how to reduce drugged driving in the U.S. According to an article from WSFA News, these include:
- Raising public awareness about drugged driving
- Collecting and analyzing drugged driving data
- Updating drugged driving laws
- Providing drugged drivers with treatment options
- Providing training on drugged driving for law enforcement and judicial staff
- Continuing to research how drugs can impair one’s ability to drive
At Norris Injury Lawyers, we recognize the risks drugged driving can pose. That’s why our Birmingham personal injury attorneys encourage drivers to never get behind the wheel of a vehicle if drugs or alcohol are impairing your judgment. Instead, call a sober ride to get you home safely.