Drugged Driving Bigger Problem Than Drunk Driving in California

November 21, 2012

A statewide survey shows there are more drugged drivers than drunken drivers on California roads during the weekend.

The California Office of Traffic Safety said Monday that 14 percent of drivers surveyed tested positive for driving under the influence of illegal or prescription drugs.

A little more than 7 percent of drivers were driving with alcohol in their system.

The Los Angeles Times reported that the federally funded impaired driving survey involved more than 1,300 drivers who voluntarily provided breath and-or saliva samples at roadside locations in nine California cities on Friday and Saturday nights.

Samples were tested for alcohol, marijuana and illegal drugs as well as prescription and over-the-counter medications.

Marijuana was most prevalent with 7.4 percent of drivers having it in their system.

Latest Comments

  • November 26, 2012 at 11:22 am
    Skewed Results says:
    One thing the article fails to mention (perhaps the study itself failed to mention), is how many of the 7.4% tesing positive for marijuana were also in the alcohol or other pr... read more
  • November 21, 2012 at 6:07 pm
    Fair Playing Field says:
    I see from the survey that it's more prevalent, but I found nothing in the article to substantiate it being a "bigger problem". I'm not advocating the legalization of marijuan... read more
  • November 21, 2012 at 1:51 pm
    Original bob says:
    Washington and Colorado take note, the quality of your leisure time is about to go up but your chances of living longer is about to go down.
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