Drugged Driving a Rising Problem


  • August 19, 2017 at 2:22 pm
    Jeff says:
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    Impaired/drugged driving is a huge problem. Many people suffer needless injury as a result of an impaired driver. Your article provides interesting information. However, I believe the number of drug-related accidents you cite is too low. I believe your article fails to mention two important issues related to the rate of impaired-driver crashes. First, in Alabama and many other states, the accident statistics are incomplete. In Alabama, our accident reports have a box for the investigating officer to indicate the presence of drugs or alcohol. The officer has three choices: Yes, No, Unknown. Very often, the officer will mark Unknown. Why? Accident scenes can be chaotic and law enforcement agencies don’t have the staff or budget to test properly all the drivers. Second, your article does not mention the huge epidemic of prescription drug abuse. Opioid abuse is rampant in some areas.

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