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Reports Show as Drunk Driving Lowers, Drug Use by Drivers Increases

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Jasmine Roziers3 years ago

According to the U.S. Transportation Department, drunk driving is decreasing while drug use by drivers is increasing.

Breakdown of the New Statistics

A survey put out Friday by the USTD (via Reuters) shows that “eight percent of drivers during weekend nighttime hours had alcohol in their system, only one percent were found with breath alcohol content higher than 0.08 percent- the legal limit in every state”.

That rate is less than the 30 percent in the 2007 survey. However, the statistics of weekend nighttime drivers with drugs in their system has increased.

The rate rose from 16.3 percent in the U.S in 2007 to 20 percent in 2014. Drug use is defined as anyone under the influence of illegal drugs and different medications. 

Other Drugged Dragging Statistics

  • According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse, 9.9 million people over 12 (3.8-percent of the adolescent and adult population) reported driving under the influence of illegal drugs in 2013.
  • In 2009, 18 percent of fatally injured drivers tested positive for prescription, illicit, or over-the-counter drugs.
  • 4 to 14-percent of drivers killed in auto accidents test positive for THC.


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