Drugged Driving Accidents
According to a recent report from KSBY News Channel Six, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) has created a new division to combat drugged driving. The CHP expects incidents of driving while high to increase, so the new division has been created to address the growing concern. With the legalization of recreational marijuana comes the potential for an increase in driving under the influence incidents. Although the division is still in its early stages, it is geared specifically towards the impacts of marijuana use behind the wheel on roadways in California. The division will have a system to independently study the effects of marijuana use behind the wheel in efforts to make roadways around the state safer.
Identifying Drugged Drivers
Since there is no “breathalyzer test” for marijuana use, the CHP has a new position to help identify people who are driving under the influence of drugs. Drug Recognition Experts are being brought in and specially trained to determine if drivers are drugged, and if so, what kind of drugs they’re under the influence of behind the wheel. Patrol officers will have the ability to request the assistance of Drug Recognition Experts during the second round of DUI testing. This can be especially helpful if it is unclear what type of drug the driver is on.
Drugged Driving, More Than Just Illegal and Legalized Drugs
When most people think of driving while high, they think of marijuana, cocaine, meth or any of the other popular illicit drugs. It’s important for motorists to know that even some legally prescribed and over-the-counter medications can be illegal behind the wheel. If you’re taking anything that impacts your wakefulness behind the wheel, you could be drugged driving. If you’re not supposed to operate heavy machinery while you’re on it, you’re not supposed to be driving. If you’re not sure about a certain medication’s safety behind the wheel, ask your pharmacist for more information.
Crashes Involving Drugged Drivers in San Diego
Accidents involving drugged drivers can be just as dangerous as accidents involving drunk or distracted drivers. If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a car accident involving a suspected drugged driver in or around the San Diego or Central Coast communities, contact the skilled and proven team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation today.