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Drugged driving a growing factor in car crashes

When Georgia motorists think about the dangers of driving under the influence, they likely associate it with alcohol. Massive public health advertising campaigns as well as strong enforcement have highlighted the dangers of drunk driving across the country. However, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration wants to raise awareness about another type of impaired driving, one that involves drugs.

The number of car accidents that could be attributed to driving under the influence of drugs has risen in the past several years. This has been associated with two different developements - the growing movement towards cannabis legalization and decriminalization as well as the national opioid public health crisis. The numbers have promoted the NHTSA to state that it is seeking to develop innovative answers and programs to improve roadway safety and cut down on the number of fatal car crashes and those that lead to serious injuries.

The federal agency has announced a commitment to scientific and data-driven research on the drugged driving problem as well as the launch of a March 2018 national summit to develop a call to action. The conclave will include a variety of concerned experts, including policy analysts, data scientists, law enforcement professionals, criminal justice officials, elected leaders, drug experts and toxicologists, and it will seek to develop a plan to combat drugged driving around the country that includes public education, data collection and intensified enforcement.

Drugged driving can have a lifelong impact on occupants of other vehicles if a collision results. Car crash victims who have been harmed by such negligence might want to have the help of a lawyer when they are seeking appropriate compensation for their losses.

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