In recent news, drunk driving seems to be on the downturn, which is some of the best news the public could receive. Still, there is some bad news drifting around the corner: drunk driving has taken a backseat to “drugged driving.” In other words, people are consuming more drugs than alcohol before getting behind the wheel, a disconcerting reality overall. (Keep in mind that more research still needs to be done to produce more concise statistics about this problem, though.) As part of the national survey, officials have determined that people who smoke or eat marijuana are at a higher risk of being involved in motor vehicle crashes, possibly due to the fact that these men and women sometimes take part in risky business with their fellow pot smokers, as it is (again, though, more evidence is required to support this notion). So, what is the current reading for drugged driving vs. drunk driving? Let’s take a closer look and find out some more information.
Crackdown on Drunk Driving
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the recent reduction of drunk driving is nothing short of fantastic. As a result of the rigorous crackdown on this offense, the number of drunk drivers has plummeted by a staggering 80% since the 1970s. Overall, the National Roadside Survey has only been issued 5 times over the course of 40 years, and, for 2014, an estimated 9,000 driver took part in this assessment. Let’s take a closer look at the depletion of drunk driving incidents in 2014:
- Only 8% of drivers who were on the roads at night had alcohol in their systems.
- 5% of drivers had a blood-alcohol content (BAD) reading of 0.08 or higher.
- The number of drunk drivers has dropped by 30% since 2007.
- The number of drunk drivers has dropped by 80% since 1973.
Drugged Driving on the Rise
Despite the positive results concerning alcohol consumption, however, the National Survey did not produce positive results about drugged driving. As indicated earlier, this practice seems to be on the rise:
- 20% of drivers who were on the roads at night had drugs in their systems. (greater than the 16.3% readout from 2007).
- The number of drivers who had marijuana in their systems rose from 50% since 2007.
- 5% of nighttime drivers (on the weekend) had consumed marijuana.
- 15% of drivers showed positive test results for at least one type of illegal drug.
Also, keep in mind that the strongest crash statistics recorded by the NHTSA confirmed that young men are more likely to take part in driving while under the influence of marijuana (a likelihood that is 25% greater than other drivers).
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