“Drugged Driving” Report

“Drugged Driving” (also called “drug-impaired driving”) is increasingly common, and has been a cause or contributing factor in many recent Chicago-area accidents.  On this site, various aspects and statistics regarding “drugged driving” are seen in the December 28, 2016 post titled “Increase In ‘Drugged Driving’.”

On April 26, 2017, the Governors Safety Highway Association (GHSA) released a press release concerning “drugged driving.”  The release is titled “New Report Calls States to Take Action on Drug-Impaired Driving.”

A couple of notable excerpts from the release:

With more states legalizing marijuana and record numbers of people dying from drug overdoses, concerns about drug-impaired driving are escalating. While we have made progress in combatting drunk driving in recent decades, drug use by drivers continues to rise. In fact, in 2015 (the most recent national data available) drugs were present in 43% of the fatally-injured drivers with known test results, appearing more frequently than alcohol.


“As drunk driving has declined, drugged driving has increased dramatically and many of today’s impaired drivers are combining two or more substances, which has a multiplicative effect on driver impairment,” said Ralph. S. Blackman, President and CEO of Responsibility.org. “We are pleased to partner with GHSA to fill a critical gap. These training grants will prepare law enforcement to detect drug-impaired drivers and make roads safer for us all.”

As seen in the underlying “Drug-Impaired Driving” (pdf) report (updated April 2017):

  • In 2005 drugs were present in 27.8% of the fatally-injured drivers with known test results; this increased to 32.8% in 2009 and (as stated above) 43% in 2015 (page 9)
  • As seen on page 12 of the report, regarding the effects of marijuana on driving:  “In experimental settings, marijuana impairs psychomotor skills and cognitive functions associated with driving, including vigilance, time and distance perception, lane tracking, motor coordination, divided attention tasks, and reaction time (Capler et al., 2017; Compton and Berning, 2015; Hartman and Huestis, 2013; Kelley-Baker, 2014). Drivers may attempt to compensate by driving more slowly and increasing their following distance (Hartman and Huestis, 2013).”

Additional details concerning drug use and impaired driving can be seen in the press release and report mentioned above.


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