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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Drugged Driving Statistics Exceed Drunk Driving In California

Driving under the influence

Driving under the influence plagues this country on a daily basis. Everyday lives are lost as a result of people drinking and driving or driving and drugging. It turns out that more people test positive for drugs, illicit or legal, than those for alcohol in the state of California.


California study zeroed in on "drugged" driving

Almost twice as many drivers are likely to test positive for drugs that may impair driving, compared with alcohol, according to a new California study. 7.3 percent of drivers tested positive for alcohol, compared with 14 percent who tested positive for impairing drugs, including both illegal and prescription drugs, The Los Angeles Times reports.

Of those who tested positive for alcohol, 23 percent also did so for at least one other drug, according to the report. Marijuana was the most common drug found in the system of drivers. More than one-quarter of drivers who tested positive for marijuana also tested positive for at least one other drug. States which recently legalized marijuana should take note of this report.

1,300 drivers who voluntarily provided breath and/or saliva samples at roadside stops on weekend evenings took part in the survey conducted by the California Office of Traffic Safety.

“These results reinforce our belief that driving after consuming potentially impairing drugs is a serious and growing problem,” Christopher J. Murphy, Director of the Office of Traffic Safety, said in a statement.

KEYT.com reports on this new study

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As we begin the holiday season, it is important to remember that driving under the influence of alcohol or any drug will endanger your life and those around you. We wish all of our readers a peaceful and safe Thanksgiving.
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