The commercial website Columbus Recovery Center has some good information about the dangers of driving while under the influence of drugs. Here are the opening paragraphs:
It’s no secret that driving while under the influence (DUI) can be dangerous. There are campaigns dedicated to reminding people to take a taxi or rideshare service after a night at the bar, while countless celebrity mug shots serve as incentives to avoid driving while intoxicated or impaired (DWI). Many people only associate DUI and DWI with alcohol, but in 2017, drugged driving surpassed drunk driving in traffic fatalities. Driving while under the influence of any substance can be dangerous, but studies show that drugged driving (whether it be prescription or illicit drugs) can be just as — if not more — dangerous than drunk driving.
According to a report by the Governors Highway Safety Association and the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility, drugs were involved in 43 percent of fatal car crashes in 2015, compared to 37 percent where alcohol was a factor. Both prescription and illicit drugs are culprits in drugged driving incidents. It’s important to understand the risks, consequences and limits of driving while using any kind of substance. By understanding that prescription and illicit drugs are just as serious as alcohol when it comes to driving, we can create a safer environment for everyone on the road.