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Drug-Impaired Driving Increases

44% of drivers who died and were tested had positive results for drugs in 2016
June 5, 2018

Drug tests of car drivers killed in crashes in 2016 found more drivers had marijuana, opioids or other substances in their system than a decade ago, a report shows. The report from the Governors Highway Safety Association, which represents state highway-safety offices, found that 44% of drivers who died and were tested had positive results for drugs in 2016, up from 28 percent in 2006. By contrast, the percentage of fatally injured drivers who were tested fell slightly. In 2016, 37.9 percent of all drivers with known test results were alcohol-positive, compared with 41.0 percent a decade earlier.

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