According to a U.S. National Library of Medicine/National Institutes of Health 2018 study, young adults, ages 18-25, seeking care in an emergency department, were surveyed about substance-use behaviors, including drugged driving. The study showed that nearly 25 percent of those surveyed reported driving impaired by drugs in the past year, and 96 percent reported driving after marijuana use. Also, 25 percent of drugged drivers reported engaging in a high frequency of drugged driving 10 or more times in the previous year.
In a December 2018 press release, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Deputy Administrator Heidi R. King said, “Law enforcement is the first line of defense when it comes to removing impaired drivers from our roads and protecting the traveling public. Ensuring that law enforcement officers are properly trained to recognize and handle drug-impaired drivers is a direct investment in safety.”
NORC, a research organization at the University of Chicago, issued a report in 2018 titled Advancing Drugged Driving Data at the State Level: State-by-State Assessment. In the report, Florida was given the following recommendations:
- Recommendation 1: All law enforcement officers (LEOs) should be trained in the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests (SFST) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) “Drugs that Impair Driving” curriculum.
- Recommendation 2: Authorize LEOs to collect specimens for alcohol and other drug testing for all DUI arrestees.
- Recommendation 3: LEOs should use oral fluid test technology on suspected drugged drivers.
- Recommendation 4: State reporting systems should distinguish between DUI-alcohol and DUI-drugs.
- Recommendation 5: Implied consent laws should extend to drugs other than alcohol.
- Recommendation 6: Authorize and encourage alcohol and drug testing for all surviving drivers involved in fatal and serious injury crashes.
- Recommendation 7: Mandate alcohol and other drug testing and reporting results on all fatally injured drivers.
Randall Spivey, Fort Myers DUI Attorney at Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A., said, “Driving under the influence of drugs is a major issue for Southwest Florida, and we join in applauding our law enforcement officials in their efforts to make our roads safer for everyone.”
“Should you or a loved one be injured in an accident, we are available to assist you 24/7, and there are no costs or attorney fees unless we make a monetary recovery for you,” said Attorney Spivey.
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