The Recent Increase In Driving While Intoxicated On Drugs

Many DuPage County accidents involve drunk drivers, and many of these accidents cause serious – if not fatal – accident injuries.  On this site, various DuPage County DUI accidents are summarized in posts under the “DuPage County DUI” category.  However, it should be noted that driving after drug use is also a growing concern, and has been seen in at least two recent Chicago-area accidents.  The intoxication that occurs before (and in some cases during) driving can take many forms, including injecting, snoring, and inhaling drugs, as well as sniffing and “huffing” of chemicals.

The abc7chicago.com article (with video) of December 27, 2016, titled “Man did heroin, other drugs before Riverside crash, police say” discusses the increase in so-called “drugged driving.”  An excerpt:

According to a recent national survey on drug use and health, 10 million people, age 12 or older, admitted to taking illicit drugs and driving during the year prior to being surveyed.

Officer Brian Greenenwald, a drug recognition expert, has made more than 500 DUI arrests in his 10-year career with the Riverside Police Department. He told ABC7 Eyewitness News more and more, the drivers he pulls over are under the influence of drugs – not alcohol.

“Heroin, cocaine, cannabis, meth, as well as prescription drugs,” Greenenwald said.

Another accident involving alleged drug use by the driver, for which the driver has been charged, happened on Friday night (December 23, 2016) in Riverside.  The incident is discussed in the abc7chicago.com article mentioned above, as well as the December 27 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Police:  Man did heroin, other drugs before Riverside crash.”  An excerpt:

A Southwest Side man admitted to using heroin, smoking marijuana and ingesting Xanax while driving before being involved in a crash Friday evening in in west suburban Riverside, police said.

The articles highlighted above provide further details regarding the accident, and felony charges and citations received by the driver.

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