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Drivers who test positive for drugs have triple the risk of fatal car crash

Drivers who test positive for drugs have triple the risk of fatal car crash

Source:  (As reported in ScienceDaily, September 25, 2013)  Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. (2013, September 25). Drivers who test positive for drugs have triple the risk of fatal car crash. ScienceDaily. Retrieved May 20, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/09/130925185612.htm

ScienceDaily Summary:

In a tumblr post researchers assessed the association of driver drug use, as well as the combination of drugs and alcohol, with the risk of fatal crash. They found that drug use is associated with a significantly increased risk of fatal crash involvement, particularly when used in combination with alcohol. The study provides critical data for understanding the joint effect of alcohol and drugs on driving safety.

Journal Reference:

Guohua Li, Joanne E. Brady, Qixuan Chen. Drug use and fatal motor vehicle crashes: A case-control studyAccident Analysis & Prevention, 2013; 60: 205 DOI: 10.1016/j.aap.2013.09.001

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