Lately we've been hearing more about our country's war on drugs and the government's policy surrounding them. Increasing numbers of people feel that legalizing some drugs would eliminate many of the problems our society faces. Still, there appears to be widespread agreement that like alcohol, drugs and driving are a dangerous combination. Reaction time and decision making are affected by drug use, creating a high risk of car accidents.
When we hear about accidents that involve driving under the influence, most of us tend to assume that a driver had consumed alcohol or illegal drugs before getting behind the wheel. But New Jersey and other states' laws against impaired driving also apply to prescription and even some over-the-counter drugs. When not taken properly, these pharmaceuticals can lead to just as much trouble as the aforementioned substances.
While there have been many safety campaigns attempting to lessen the number of vehicle accidents, the carnage on the highways still continues. A new study shows that one common factor in many fatal car accidents is the use of drugs or alcohol (or both). Statistics reveal that more than 50 percent of all drivers who have met their death in a car crash registered positive for the presence of drugs or alcohol in their bodies.