Drugged driving. It's twice the problem drunk driving is, according to new research, and half as easy to test for.
The Atlantic informs
readers of a survey showing that among drivers pulled over in the Golden State by authorities on recent weekends, 14% were found to have drugs in their system, while only 7.3% were inebriated. There were even more drivers caught stoned than drunk, the survey shows, with 7.4% of those stopped by police harboring THC in their system.
A press release accompanying the data from the California Office of Traffic Safety explains that stoned, coked up or what-have-you drivers are less often detected than drunk drivers, and that toxicology reports are pricier for those found operating a vehicle under the influence of something other than beer, wine or liquor.
"The results reinforce our belief that driving after consuming potentially impairing drugs is a serious and growing problem," said the director of the California OTS.
Via The Atlantic