In December, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) awarded more than $100,000 in grant funding to various states through the Governors Highway Safety Association to help combat drug-impaired driving on U.S. roadways. This funding will go towards Drug Recognition Expert and Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement training.
These programs will increase the amount of officers in certain jurisdictions trained to recognize drivers who are impaired by drugs, including opioids and marijuana. Additionally, these programs will train law enforcement officers to observe, identify and articulate the signs of impairment related to drugs, alcohol or a combination of both in order to reduce crashes involving impaired drivers.
Drive High, Get a DUI
The NHTSA’s latest anti-drugged-driving campaign, Drive High, Get a DUI, is aimed at raising awareness about the dangers of drugged driving. Safety advocates are working hard to get the word out about drugged driving. Not only are you putting yourself and others at risk for injury causing or potentially fatal crashes, you’re also at risk for getting a DUI. With grant funding through the NHTSA, state law enforcement agencies across the nation will be cracking down on drugged drivers in the New Year.
If You Feel Different, You Drive Different
Substances that make you feel different make you drive different. There is a common misconception that only illegal drugs can cause impairment behind the wheel. Any substance, whether illegal, legally prescribed or over the counter that impacts your wakefulness or cognition is dangerous behind the wheel. Medications that cause drowsiness are dangerous to drive on. If a medication says you shouldn’t be operating heavy machinery, you shouldn’t get behind the wheel.
Drugged Driving Crashes
At this time, there is no standard Breathalyzer test that can be utilized in the field to catch every type of substance that can cause impairment behind the wheel. Cases involving suspected drugged drivers might take additional investigative measures. After any type of accident caused by a drugged driver or suspected drugged driver, it’s a good idea to speak with a Personal Injury lawyer about your claim.
If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a car accident involving a suspected drug impaired driver in San Diego or anywhere along the Central Coast, contact the skilled and proven team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation today.