Drug-Impaired Driving And Its Frequency In Fatal Vehicle Accidents

Drug-impaired driving continues to be a significant and growing problem regarding traffic safety.  There have been many Chicago-area vehicle accidents in which one of the drivers was drug-impaired.

Drug-impaired driving, with a specific focus on DuPage County, is further discussed on the “Vehicle Accidents Involving Drivers Under The Influence Of Drugs” page.  Additionally, some of these “drugged driver” accidents have been summarized on this site in posts found under the “DUI” category.

Chicago area drug-impaired drivers who have been in accidents have used a variety of drugs.  Among the most common drugs used are marijuana, cocaine, heroin, and meth.  The effect these drugs have on driver impairment varies on many factors, such as the amount of drug used, the type of drug, the administration of the drug, and whether there was more than one drug used.  As well, if alcohol was also consumed in addition to the drug use, the amount of driver impairment can be significantly increased.

The Wall Street Journal published an article on June 1, 2018 titled “Driving Fatality Tests Find Opioid, Pot Use Rising.”  The article discusses various findings from a recent study published by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA).

An excerpt from the Wall Street Journal article:

More than half of all positive-testing deceased drivers in 2016 had marijuana, opioids or both types of drugs in their bodies, the report said. The presence of pot has increased substantially in the past decade, it found, more so than the presence of opioids.
In 2016, about 20% of the drug-positive drivers were positive for some opioid, compared with 17% in 2006. In 2016, 41% of the drug-positive fatally injured drivers were positive for marijuana, compared with 35% in 2006.
Additional details and possible updates concerning this drug-impaired driving issue, and the accidents in which drivers have used drugs, can be found in the various sources mentioned above.
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