• Dec 1, 2010
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration has revealed that the number of fatal traffic incidents in which drugs were found to be present in the driver's system has increased over the past four years.

In 2005, 15,363 drivers fatally injured during a traffic incident were tested for the presence of narcotics, depressants, stimulants, hallucinogens, cannibinoids, PCP, anabolic steroids and inhalants. Of those drivers, 3,710 were found to have at least one of the drugs in their system, though NHTSA is quick to remind us that the simple presence of the substance does not indicate whether or not the driver was under the influence at the time of the accident.

In 2009, of the 13,801 drivers tested, 3,952 tested positive for drugs. That's an increase of 242 drivers, though NHTSA says that the figures could be misleading. There's a sizable discrepancy between how states test and report the presence of drugs in fatal traffic accidents, and that discrepancy could push the results higher or lower in a sizable way. You can check out the full PDF report here.

[Source: NHTSA | Image: Victoria Hazou/AFP/Getty]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Or it could be the econo box pos that they are driving to save a few pennies on gas.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "Frequent marijuana use also appeared to damage memory, according to the study, which was published in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research."

      http://edition.cnn.com/2010/HEALTH/10/19/health.binge.drinking.pot/index.html
      • 4 Years Ago
      Silly picture.
      Super Jumbo Cheech & Chong sized paper, and about one cigarette's worth of what looks like regular tobacco. That's what Wake N Bake will do for you.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "Do you smell something, Rabbit"?

      "Fear".



      "We are going to stand here and watch while you smoke the whole bag"
      • 4 Years Ago
      Stoners love 242s.
      • 4 Years Ago
      No conclusion was intended. Merely just to disseminate the statistics. Remember the driver is still responsible for his/her actions regardless of physical or mental condition. This bull about having an unhappy childhood is no excuse.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Will there be a new war on drugs?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hey , 50 million baby boomers can't be wrong !
      • 4 Years Ago
      Car&Driver mag did a study years ago that studied the effect on human responses after consumption of alcohol and marijuana. The testers then went through a gymkana course. The alcohol made them unable to drive the course, but the marijuana made them faster than with nothing in their systems - except they wiped out many cones, and laughed the whole way.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Pure hype.Drug use has been about the same among the population for years now.If drug use increases so does the population.This is just government and media bringing around the modern day version of reefer madness due to legalization efforts.Get over it , get of my back and out of my life.
      • 4 Years Ago
      An increase of "242", whatever that means, but what is the percentage of each individual drug? Typical useless government study that has no real scientific value.
      CheckTheseOut
      • 4 Years Ago
      That dude is rolling his J all wrong!!
        • 4 Years Ago
        @CheckTheseOut
        See what happens when you depend on the gov for anything? They can't even get an image right. Down with the NHTSA!

        Oops, forgot to take my meds.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @CheckTheseOut
        yeah he is, and i see seeds in there... SEEDS!!!!?! come on AB if your gonna post a non story at least post some good pics to go with it
        • 4 Years Ago
        @CheckTheseOut
        And really nobody uses paper any more! lol
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