GHSA releases roadway drug use report
Posted October 14, 2015
The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) and the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility recently released a report on drugged driving that includes recommendations on dealing with the issue.
According to the GHSA, recent national data shows that 40 percent of fatally – injured drivers tested positive for drugs, which is close to the percentage of those that tested positive for alcohol. Also, a recent roadside survey by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) revealed that 22 percent of drivers tested positive for a drug or a medication.
The report provides suggestions to states to combat drugged driving, including:
- Assessment of data to understand the current situation
- Reviewing and updating drugged driving laws
- Training and educating law enforcement and justice officials
- Testing all fatally-injured drivers for drugs
- Providing drug screening and assessment to offenders and referring them to treatment if necessary
- Tracking alcohol and drug – impaired driver crash data separately
The report also highlights an Ohio pilot program, “Drugged Driving=Done Driving,” which provides education to younger drivers about the hazards of driving while under the influence.
Additionally, the report suggests actions at the federal level, including:
- A national drugged driving education program
- Standardized roadside testing policies and devices
- Data collection guidelines, and
- Continued research on the effects of drugged driving laws and policies
Click here to view the entire report.
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