How Many Weekend Drivers are on Drugs? Maybe More Than You Think…

By Sadie Bass

Jul 13, 2009 1:01pm

ABC's Brian Hartman reports from Washington: An unusual government survey found 16 percent of people randomly pulled over while driving on weekend nights tested positive for drugs. That included:
- 8.6 percent / marijuana
- 3.9 percent / cocaine
- 3.9 percent over-the-counter and prescription drugs But the survey, conducted for NHTSA in 2007, also found the percentage of drivers who were drunk plummeted from 7.5 percent in 1973 to 2.2 percent in 2007.   The report cautions that “drug presence does not necessarily imply impairment” because drugs like marijuana remain in the system for weeks after use. But the Office of National Drug Control Policy considers this “troubling data” that “shows us, for the first time, the scope of drugged driving in America, and reinforces the need to reduce drug abuse.” To conduct the survey, police pulled cars over and directed them to a testing site on the side of the road. The police were “not otherwise to interact in any way with the survey subjects. Trained data collectors solicited participation of the drivers in the survey (offering incentives for participation). Participation was voluntary and anonymous.” The full report HERE:

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