Feds Step Up Enforcement Against Drugged Driving
Gregg Hollander | February 15, 2013 | Personal Injury
A driver from Boca Raton is facing serious charges after his vehicle was involved in 3 separate accidents back in April. One of the accidents left a woman blind in one eye and unable to care for herself, according to The Palm Beach Post. Palm Beach County Sheriff deputies report the man was arrested over the weekend and later released on his own recognizance.
Officers believe that it was more than his poor driving skills that caused all three accidents. The first of the three happened on Military Trail near Cresthaven Boulevard. The second happened on the same road just north of Lake Worth Road and the third happened at the intersection of Sherwood Forest Boulevard and Lake Worth Road.
Our Boca Raton personal injury lawyers understand that the driver was taken to the hospital and treated for injuries after the three accidents and is accused of attempting to flee the scene on foot. Medical personnel took the driver’s blood and determined that he was under the influence of cocaine, according to authorities.
The Office of National Drug Control Policy reports officials are taking steps to combat drugged driving. Drivers are familiar with the risks of distracted driving and drunk driving, but many overlook the dangers associated with drugged driving. To help to make our roadways safer, officials launched the National Drug Control Strategy. Through this effort, officials will be working to get all states to adopt a drug impairment law, to collect more information on drugged driving, enhance prevention measures for this dangerous behavior, provide more training for law enforcement officers and to develop better screening practices for nabbing these drivers.
It widely known that drugs, even those prescribed from doctors, can hinder our driving abilities. Unfortunately, drivers don’t fully understand how severely. According to a recent study from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) about one out of every eight weekend, nighttime drivers tested positive for illicit drugs, About one out of every eight of these drivers were seniors in high school. Most commonly, marijuana was the culprit.
Drugged driving poses a number of threats to public safety, as evidenced by the number of fatal accidents that happen each year. As a matter of fact, conservative estimates illustrate that about 20 percent of accidents in the country are the result of drugged driving. This means that there are close to 450,000 injuries, nearly 7,000 fatalities and close to $60 billion in costs each year.
Almost a third of states have adopted the standard. This is said to be one of the most effective ways to fight drugged driving. With this law, any detectable amount of a controlled substance in a driver’s body fluids constitutes evidence of a violation or “drugged driving.” According to the Governors Highway Safety Administration GHSA, Florida’s law does not forbid prohibited substances in the driver’s body.