This is a subject that you just don’t hear about that often. Countless lives have been affected by those who drive under the influence of drugs, legal and illegal. The United States is now trying to collect data on this very subject to see just how bad it’s getting between public sector drivers and commercial truckers.
The director of the U.S. Office of National Drug Control said that on a normal Friday or Saturday evening about 16 percent of drivers, which is about one out of every six cars is under the influence of an illegal or legal drug. This is unbelievable; we definitely need to focus more attention on this.
Thanks to education and law enforcement efforts, the amount of people who drink and drive is decreasing. This is good news for a change. But, ‘Drugged Driving’ is becoming a very significant problem. Some research done in the past shows that cocaine causes drivers to speed up and change lanes putting innocent people at risk and marijuana (the most widely abused) slows down a driver’s perception of time, space and distance.
According to the 2008 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, an estimated 10 million people age 12 and older reported driving under the influence of illicit drugs during the year prior to being surveyed. That was in 2008, what would the numbers be now?!
There are many people that think marijuana is safer than alcohol when driving but studies have shown that this also causes drowsiness and concentration to wander in many people. This can definitely affect someone’s reaction time.
Ecstasy is a hallucinogenic and distorts your sense of vision and heightens sound. This drug is also widely used and dangerous if driving under the influence.
Many prescription drugs come with warning labels when it comes to driving and operating machinery, how many people out there are driving that abuse these drugs and well exceed the recommended dose?
Drugged driving laws have lagged behind alcohol legislation partially because of limitations in technology for determining drug levels and resulting impairment. I say take some of that money that’s provided to photograph ants in foreign countries and spend it on more drugged driving research.