Driving while impaired by drugs is becoming increasingly common, and, in addition to drunk driving, continues to be a significant traffic safety issue both nationally as well as locally, such as in Cook County as well as throughout the Chicago area. This “drugged driving” can include many drugs, with commonly-involved drugs including marijuana, heroin, meth, and cocaine. If “mixed drug use” occurs, the level of impairment can increase. As well, if alcohol is used with the drugs, an increased level of impairment can occur. The subject of drug-impaired driving is further discussed on the “Cook County Car Accidents Involving Drivers Under The Influence Of Drugs” page. Various Cook County accidents in which the driver was impaired by drugs are mentioned. As seen in these accidents, many result in serious injuries, and some of these injuries resulted in fatalities.
Driving while impaired by drugs is the subject of the May 31, 2018 Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) press release (with full report) titled “Marijuana, Opioids Most Common Drugs Found in Fatally Injured Drivers.”
Two excerpts from the press release:
A new report from the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) finds that in 2016, 44% of fatally-injured drivers with known results tested positive for drugs, up from 28% just 10 years prior. More than half of these drivers had marijuana, opioids, or a combination of the two in their system.
“Too many people operate under the false belief that marijuana or opioids don’t impair their ability to drive, or even that these drugs make them safer drivers,” noted GHSA Executive Director Jonathan Adkins. “Busting this myth requires states to expand their impaired driving campaigns to include marijuana and opioids along with alcohol to show drivers that impairment is impairment, regardless of substance.”
Additional details concerning this driving while impaired by drugs and alcohol issue can be seen in the sources mentioned above.
On this site, Cook County accidents involving the driver’s use of drugs and/or alcohol can be seen in posts found under the “DUI” category.