Driving under the influence of drugs has become increasingly more prevalent than drink driving!

09 February 2018
Driving under the influence of drugs has become increasingly more prevalent than drink driving!

Driving Under the Influence of Drugs has become increasingly more prevalent than drink driving, which has resulted in various drug driving laws being put in place across the globe. In 2011, 13 European countries had zero-tolerance drug driving laws with 6 countries having a combined DUID and zero-tolerance law. Norway established Per se limits for 20 drugs and Australian states have a two-tier system with zero tolerance for some substances. However, in the United States DUID laws vary depending on the state.

The purpose of any drug is to affect a person’s physical or mental condition in some way and in turn can negatively impact a driver’s ability to drive with full concentration. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) National Roadside Survey, more than 16% of weekend, night-time drivers tested positive for illegal, prescription, or over-the-counter medications (11% tested positive for illegal drugs). Marijuana is the most commonly used drug found in drivers which is likely to increase as many states in the US now permit this drug for recreational use.

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