A new report discovered that drug use made more victims than alcohol among drivers. This is the first time when driving under the influence of drugs resulted in more fatal accidents than drunk driving. Among the most common drugs whose use led to accidents were marijuana and amphetamines.
A 2015 report developed by the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility looked at drivers who were involved in fatal accidents. Around 37 percent of them had surpassed the legal limit of alcohol consumption, while an overwhelming 43 percent had used either legal or illegal drugs.
Driving under the influence of drugs causes more victims than alcohol
Then, they tested those people who appeared to have consumed drugs to see which are the most common among drivers. The top drug was marijuana, with more than a third of consumers among drivers, while the second place was occupied by amphetamines.
However, the report did not look at opioid use. Given the fact that there is an epidemic of opioids, such as common prescription drugs, fentanyl, or even heroin, they must have played an important role in producing deadly crashes, too.
In fact, there are official reports which link certain collisions with opioid use. In February, there was a crash around Old U.S. 35 in Xenia Twp., where two cars crashed head-on, causing the death of both drivers. Police found heroin in one of the cars, and they believed that the driver had also consumed alcohol.
Another popular case was that of Marshall Dutton, aged 21, who, in August 2016, caused an accident on Interstate 75 around Middletown. He killed the other driver, so he was sentenced to five years in prison. After the investigation, police decided that Dutton had consumed several types of drugs, such as Xanax, morphine, marijuana, and cocaine.
The number of drugged drivers increased
The Ohio Department of Transportation reported that, since 2012, the number of crashes under the influence of drugs increased by 25 percent. In 2016, the number reached 3,574, representing around 33 percent of all crashes which occurred after the driver had consumed certain substances.
The huge number of fatal crashes is provided by a deadly combination. On one side of the road, you have the drugged drivers and, on the other side, there are those who did not consume any substances, but they just do not pay attention to the road.
Thus, the police and AAA volunteers advise people not to drive if they had consumed alcohol or any other substances. Also, they should not hesitate to take the keys away from those friends or family members who are in no condition to drive.
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