DRUGS MORE LINKED TO FATAL CRASHES THAN ALCOHOL
- May 21, 2018
According to a 2015 study conducted by the Governors Highway Safety Administration (GHSA) in partnership with the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility (FAAR) found that, for the first time, drugs have surpassed alcohol in their likelihood of being present in a fatal motor vehicle collision.
Specifically, the study found that while drugs, either illegal or prescription, were found to be present in 43% of fatal motor vehicle collisions, alcohol was only found to be present in 37% of fatal crashes. Of those fatal collisions where a substance was discovered, marijuana was found in more than 35% of cases and amphetamines were found in just under 10% of cases.
In response to the study, the governors association is recommending the development of a standard protocol to assess possible drug use and increased training to teach officers how to detect drug use. Reports nevertheless caution that the study relies on self-reported data and may have some other limitations as well.
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