Driving Under the Influence of Drugs: A Checklist for Policymakers
The Problem: As drunk driving has declined, drugged driving is increasing.
- In 2005, 28% of fatally-injured drivers with known test results were positive for the presence of drugs; by 2009 that number rose to 33%.
- In 2015, 43% of fatally-injured drivers with known test results were found to be positive for drugs.
- The 2013-2014 National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) National Roadside Survey (NRS) found that 22.5% of night-time drivers tested positive for illegal, prescription, or over-the-counter medications while 1.5% of night-time drivers had a 0.08 BAC or higher.