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14% of California Drivers Get Behind the Wheel While Impaired by Drugs

We’ve all been warned not to drink and drive, but what about getting behind the wheel while on drugs?

Now, a new survey shows that more California drivers are hitting the road while impaired by drugs.

The survey by the California Office of Traffic Safety shows 14% of drivers are testing positive for drugs, and of the drugs found, marijuana was the most prevalent by 7.4%.

The survey also noted that 7.3% of drivers tested postive for alcohol. Of those who tested positive for alcohol, 23% also tested positive for at least one other drug.

“Drugged driving poses a serious threat to public safety,” said Gil Kerlikowske, Director of National Drug Control Policy. “We commend the California Office of Traffic Safety for shedding light on this growing problem and for educating Californians about the prevalence of this danger. We look forward to working with California and other states to raise awareness about this important issue and continue to take action to make our roadways safer.”

OTS and CHP are also working together to provide officers statewide with specialized training to detect and apprehend drug-impaired drivers. One such program is called Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement or ARIDE.

Report filed by Julienne Ryan