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Drugged Driving Incidents on the Rise

Steve Wagner

A new report from the U.S. Department of Transportation reveals that while incidents of drunk driving may be on the decline, the number of drugged drivers on the road are increasing at dramatic rates.

The most recent survey showed that only 1% of drivers during weekend, nighttime hours had an alcohol content of higher than 0.08%, which is the legal limit in the U.S. These numbers are down significantly from 30% of weekend, nighttime drivers in 2007, and that 30% is down 80% from the original survey in 1973. Although the surveys are voluntary, they still give us a fairly good idea of how safe our roads are from year to year.

Don’t get too excited, however. In spite of the fact that we are curbing drunk driving deaths, it’s estimated that there are 29 million drunk drivers on the road each year that get away with what they do because they are lucky enough to not crash or get pulled over.

If we take into account the new reports that show the increasing incidents of drugged driving, our roadways may be more dangerous than ever. The report from the U.S. DOT showed that weekend nighttime drivers showed a jump of illegal drugs in their system from a rate of 16.3% in 2007 to 20% in 2014. Besides those with illegal drugs in their systems, the number of drivers with marijuana in their systems (state and legal status not accounted for) jumped by almost 50% in that same span of time.

Have you or a loved one been affected by an impaired driver? If so, the drunk driving accident attorneys at Wagner Reese can help you recover from your injuries and get back on the road to both physical and financial recovery. Call us today for a free consultation at (888) 204-8440.


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