According to a recent poll conducted by the American Automobile Association (AAA), motorists now view drivers, who are under the influence of illicit drugs, as bigger threats to their safety than those driving under the influence of alcohol.
Data from the survey revealed the following insights:
- 74 percent of motorists think people driving after using illegal drugs are a “very serious threat” to their personal safety
- 71 percent of motorists think people driving after drinking alcohol are a “very serious threat” to their personal safety
- 34 percent of motorists think people driving after using prescription drugs are a “very serious threat” to their personal safety
“Public awareness of the drugged driving issue is critical to finding a solution,” said AAA Spokesperson, Cindy Antrican. “These results are startling because they show how rapidly the public has grasped the dire threat to their safety posed by drugged driving. This is especially significant when you consider the number of years it took to get the public to fully understand the dangers posed by drinking and driving.”
Read the guidelines published by the Governor’s Highway Safety Association that help states raise awareness about drugged driving.