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“The combined message of these two [studies] is that our work to understand and combat drunk driving is paying off, but that we have much to learn about how illegal drugs and prescription medicines affect highway safety – and that developing that knowledge is urgent, because more and more drivers have these drugs in their systems,”
NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind said in a released statement.
Drugged driving can be defined as operating a motor vehicle on a public highway while one’s mental and physical faculties are impaired by a drug, including:
Statistics from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles show that there are still a significantly higher number of alcohol use-suspected crashes than drug use-suspected crashes in our state.
For instance, between 2010 and 2013 in our state, there were:
In other words, there were roughly seven times more alcohol use-suspected crashes in Florida than those in which drug use was suspected.
Just look at the following drug use-suspected Florida crash statistics:
Basically, between 2010 and 2013, the number of drug use-suspected crashes, injuries and fatalities in Florida nearly quadrupled!
The two new NHTSA studies and Florida crash statistics show just how serious of a problem drugged driving is on our roads. To combat this growing threat, we need an effort that involves:
Public awareness –
If you have been injured in a car accident, you should seek help from an experienced attorney. The attorney should know how to thoroughly investigate your case and determine the cause of your crash, including the role that the other driver’s drug or alcohol use may have played.