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Drugged Driving On The Rise

Posted on November 19, 2012

California has recently earned another dubious distinction. Apparently, more motorists are driving while under the influence of drugs instead of alcohol.

California officials are warning against “drugged driving” after a statewide survey found drugs that can affect driving in one of every seven weekend nighttime motorists — nearly twice the number of those with alcohol in their system.

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The survey results, announced Monday by the California Office of Traffic Safety, found that 14 percent of drivers surveyed tested positive for driving under the influence of impairing drugs — both illegal and prescription — while 7.3 percent of drivers tested positive for driving with alcohol in their system.

The impaired driving survey included more than 1,300 drivers who voluntarily provided breath and/or saliva samples at roadside locations set up in nine California cities between 10 p.m. and 3 a.m. on Friday and Saturday night.

Samples were tested for alcohol, THC, major illegal drugs as well as prescription and over-the-counter medications that may adversely affect driving.

Of the drugs found in the system of surveyed drivers, marijuana was most prevalent, with 7.4 percent of drivers having it in their system.

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