Pot, Opioids Now Rival Alcohol as Factor in Driver Deaths

The report found that 38 percent of the drivers killed tested positive for marijuana, 16 percent were positive for opioids and 4 percent had a combination of both. To combat these misbeliefs, he thinks states need to toughen impaired driver laws as well as increase public education of drugged driving issues.

A new report published Thursday found that fatal vehicle crashes involving marijuana, opioids and drug use have increased over the past decade and surpassed incidents related to alcohol.

For example, there is no nationally-accepted method for testing driver drug impairment; there are an unwieldy number of drugs to test for; and different drugs have different impairing effects in different drivers.

According to Jim Hedlund, a former senior official with the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, "Drugs can impair, and drug-impaired drivers can crash".

Behrens believes that is a good thing, even though a number of other states have passed laws that set five nanograms of THC per milliliter of blood as the standard for determining whether a driver is marijuana-impaired. Meanwhile, 44 percent of "fatally-injured drivers" tested positive for drugs, a statistic up 28 percent from 2006.

The new GHSA report found 49 percent of drivers in a fatal vehicle crash were under the influence of both alcohol and other drugs, seeming to suggest the simultaneous use of several drugs is on the rise.

Experts say identifying and testing a driver for drugs can be hard.

Ralph Blackman is president and CEO of Responsibility.org, a foundation that promotes responsible use of alcohol.

In Pennsylvania, there's been a drop in drunk driving arrests, but an increase in those involving drugs.

To help stop drugged driving, the Governors Highway Safety Association and Responsibility.org joined forces to train almost 1,000 police officers to recognize and deter drugged drivers.

These training tools - Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE) and Drug Evaluation and Classification (DEC) - teach law enforcement the signs and symptoms of impairment by different categories of drugs. Thus far, there is no standard test for drivers under the influence of marijuana or opioids, making the cause of the accident hard to determine.

"Too many people operate under the false belief that marijuana or opioids don't impair their ability to drive, or even that these drugs make them safer drivers", Jonathan Adkins, GHSA executive director, said in an association news release.

Related News:

Most liked

Rajinikanth seeks court's help to release 'Kaala' in Karnataka
Vatal Nagaraj has slammed Rajinikanth by calling him anti-Karnataka. "That is related to the Film Chamber". Haasan is the leader of the Makkal Needhi Maiam party. "Rai ( Prakash Raj ) is not mentally stable".

‘Four days in tears’: Steve Smith on mental health following cheating
The club's treasurer told the St George and Sutherland Shire Leader there was no doubt the great test batsman would play. He played as many as 9 matches during the tournament and could only muster 75 runs at an average of 15.

Computex 2018: ASUS ZenBook Pro Offers Hybrid Secondary Screen Experience via ScreenPad
The 15-inch model will be released starting from July 2018 while the 14-inch variant will go on sale from August 2018 onwards. As for specifications, the laptop can be configured with Intel's latest eighth-generation Core i5, i7, and i9 as options.

The white house began preparing for the meeting, trump and Putin
The findings have led to a special counsel investigation into whether Trump's campaign colluded with Russian Federation . The new report comes on the heels of Trump confirming the summit with Kim Jong Un in Singapore is back on.

US special counsel accuses Manafort of witness tampering
The witness told investigators that he interpreted Manafort's efforts to reach him as a way to influence his potential statements. The individual immediately ended the call "because he was concerned about the outreach", according to the affidavit.

ASUS takes on Surface Laptop with the new ZenBook S
The ScreenPad features adaptive functions that are context sensitive, and it is created to enhance your workflow and productivity. Microsoft Word , for example, will give you text editing tools while Excel will give you Excel tools.

25 people killed, hundreds injured by an erupting volcano in Guatemala
There is no electricity in the hardest hit areas of Los Lotes and El Rodeo, so most searching continued only until sunset. The Guatemala eruption stirred recent memories of Hawaii's Kilauea eruption , which terrorized Big Island on May 3.

Apple Approves Update To Messaging App Telegram Amid Russia Flap
As with the purchase of apps themselves, Apple takes a 30 percent cut of in-app purchases distributed through its App Store. Their letter specifically asked Apple to commit to "allowing free trials for all apps for the App Stores before July 2019".

Over 30 migrants killed after boat sinks off Tunisian coast
Sixty-seven others - from Tunisia and elsewhere - were rescued by the coastguard, BBC reported on Sunday. At the height of the migrant crisis in 2015, more than 857,000 people reached Greece from Turkey.

Does Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas' Instagram PDA Confirm Their Relationship?
The picture of PeeCee cuddling up to Nick under a quilt went viral on the internet. Check out Priyanka's post and a Nick's comment on it below.

Cross-border firing: Two BSF jawans killed, civilian injured
Pakistan Rangers were using long-range mortars which were falling as far as Pargwal town, almost 10 km away from the border. He said both the injured were evacuated to medical facilities but succumbed to injuries.

Apple reveals 'Memoji' and Animoji tongue detection to iOS 12
That's because two big features are coming to iOS 12: tongue detection on Animoji and personalized Memoji. Apple is taking Facetime up a notch, with a new multi-user calling feature called Group Facetime.

Petrol, diesel prices cut marginally on Tuesday
Petrol price was also reduced to Rs 80.47 per litre in Kolkata , Rs 85.65 per litre in Mumbai and Rs 80.80 litre in Chennai . World oil prices have increased by 67 per cent since June previous year , prompting the price of petrol to surge.

Arbaaz admits role in IPL betting
The actor was quizzed for around five hours in connection with the Indian Premier League betting racket busted last month. According to police, Jalan allegedly had several worldwide connections and is considered a big shot bookie in Mumbai .

Ohio announces 56 sites where medical marijuana will be sold
Also June 4, the board launched a toll-free medical marijuana help-line for patients, caregivers and health professionals. They either received no applications or had no qualifying applicant.