- How often is drug use involved in fatal driving accidents?
- November 30, 2010
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released a report indicating that there is an increase in the level of drug involvement among fatally injured drivers over a five-year period from 2005 to 2009.
The data from the report drew information from 21,798 drivers who were killed in a car crash in 2009. Of that populous, 3,952 tested positive for drug involvement, representing an 18 percent total for that year.
Drug use among fatally injured drivers has increased by at least one percent each year since 2005, according to the report.
NHTSA administrator David Strickland said, “Today’s report provides a warning signal that too many Americans are driving after having taken drugs,” he commented, noting drivers do not realize the negative impact it has on them. “Not realizing the potential for putting themselves and other on the highway at risk.”
The report says the NHTSA Drug Evaluation and Classification Program has prepared nearly 1,000 instructors and trained more than 6,000 police officers in 46 states to recognize symptoms of drivers that are impaired by drugs.
Drug use does not benefit the body well in terms of driving and living a prosperous life, but following a healthy lifestyle consisting of consistent exercise and nutritious eating can help anybody live a longer, disease-free life.
People may also realize their life insurance payments will be lower.
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