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Friday, June 24, 2011

New Report: Driving Under the Influence


Driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol is never a good idea, in a blink of an eye entire families lives can be changed by one bad decision. There is not an adult in this country that does not know the risks involved in getting behind the wheel intoxicated; yet, every year so many people lose their lives or end up in jail for taking someone else's life operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated. A new study found that one-quarter of drivers who died in single-vehicle crashes between 1999 and 2009 tested positive for drugs, with 37 percent having had blood alcohol levels above the legal limit of .08.

Researchers studied data of more than 44,000 drivers gathered from a government database of traffic deaths. Finding 58 percent of drivers did not have any alcohol in their systems, according to the report published in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs. Of those drivers who tested positive for drugs:

  • 22 percent were positive for marijuana
  • 22 percent for stimulants
  • 9 percent for narcotics

Surprisingly, only 19 states have laws that forbid any presence of a prohibited substance or drug in the driver’s body while in control of the vehicle, according to the Governors' Highway Safety Association. Obviously it should be forbidden in every state simply because we know the fact that even if something is condoned, it is still may be very dangerous. There is simply not a good reason to ever get behind the wheel, even if the drug you are taking has been prescribed to you and the drug is taken as the doctors prescribed. There are too many variables on the road to consider when one is completely sober, throwing drugs and alcohol into the mix is never a good choice.

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