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How serious of a problem is drugged driving?

The 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) survey reveals just how popular it's becoming for individuals to take drugs and then get behind the wheel of their car. The organization's data shows that as many as 12.6 million individuals operated their vehicle while intoxicated from drugs in 2018. Those same statistics show that nearly eight million more motorists drove while drunk that same year. In case you're wondering if one type of driving is more serious than another, they're both pretty dangerous.

NSDUH data shows that males are more apt to get behind the wheel after consuming drugs than females are. The highest incidence of drugged driving is among men who fall into the 21 to 25-year-old age bracket.

There's no one-size-fits-all way that drugged driving impacts a motorist. The impact that an illicit drug has on an individual's motor skills, mood or behaviors vary depending on what type of narcotic that they consumed:

  • Some drugs like opioids or benzodiazepines can cause an individual to have difficulty in reasoning through things. That person may experience dizziness or drowsiness as well.
  • Individuals who have consumed methamphetamine or cocaine may be more apt to engage in reckless driving or become aggressive.
  • Anyone who consumes marijuana may have difficulty with gauging distance or time. This may result in that individual having coordination and thus delayed responses.
  • Prescription drugs are also a serious problem. NSDUH data shows that as many as 19.7% of motorists who were stopped for driving under the influence (DUI) in 2016 tested positive for opioids.

Drugged driving is a serious phenomenon. Motorists who engage in these types of behaviors tend to cause crashes. It's becoming an increasingly larger concern as states like California continue to legalize recreational use of drugs and other narcotics epidemics spread across the country. If you have been seriously injured in a crash at the hands of a person on drugs, then a motor vehicle accidents attorney can help you hold that person accountable for the poor decisions that they made here in Redwood City.

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