Drug-Impaired Driving That Occurs In DuPage County

Drug-impaired driving is becoming far more common, and it is a serious traffic safety issue.  Many accidents – some which have led to fatal injuries – have occurred in the Chicago area in which the driver was driving while drug-impaired.  Many other non-fatal accident injuries of a serious nature have occurred because of driver impairment due to drug use.

On this site, the topic of “drugged driving” – particularly as it relates to DuPage County – is discussed on the “Vehicle Accidents Involving Drivers Under The Influence Of Drugs” page.

There are many drugs that have been used by Chicago area drug-impaired drivers.  Among the most common drugs are marijuana, cocaine, heroin, and meth.  The effect these drugs have on the driver varies according to many factors, including the amount of drug used, the type of drug, how long before driving the drug was used, and whether there was “mixed” drug use.  As well, another important factor is whether alcohol was also consumed.  Due to these many factors, it can be hard to predict the impact that drugs have on the ability to safely drive a vehicle.

On March 13, 2018, CBS Chicago aired a segment (video with article) titled “Driving While High:  Just How Dangerous Is It?”   The segment discusses various aspects of driver impairment caused by marijuana usage, and how the trends in driver impairment may change if recreational marijuana use is legalized in Illinois.  As well, drug-impaired driving in Riverside is mentioned.

An excerpt from the article:

At the National Advanced Driving Simulator (NADS) in Iowa, researchers are testing how people drive when they’re high.

“What we see here is the driver drifting off the roadway as they’re trying to turn a corner,” Timothy Brown said, a NADS researcher.

And the more pot they consumed, the worse they drove, according to their tests. But, unlike alcohol, where anything over .08 is considered intoxicated, there’s no magic number for pot yet.

Additional details regarding these drug-impaired driving issues can be seen in the sources mentioned above.

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