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Signs point to sharp rise in drugged driving fatalities

Signs point to sharp rise in drugged driving fatalities

Source:  (As reported in ScienceDaily, January 30, 2014)  Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. (2014, January 30). Signs point to sharp rise in drugged driving fatalities. ScienceDaily. Retrieved May 20, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/01/140130111003.htm

ScienceDaily Summary:

The prevalence of non-alcohol drugs detected in fatally injured drivers in the US steadily rose from 1999 to 2010 and especially for drivers who tested positive for marijuana. Researchers found that of 23,591 drivers who were killed within one hour of a crash, 39.7 percent tested positive for alcohol and 24.8 percent for other drugs. The prevalence of non-alcohol drugs rose from 16.6 percent in 1999 to 28.3 percent in 2010; for marijuana, rates rose from 4.2 percent to 12.2 percent.

Journal Reference:

J. E. Brady, G. Li. Trends in Alcohol and Other Drugs Detected in Fatally Injured Drivers in the United States, 1999-2010American Journal of Epidemiology, 2014; DOI: 10.1093/aje/kwt327

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