Drug Impaired Driving

Drugged Driver

Drug-impaired driving is a growing problem in the U.S., and the laws are complex and vary by state. There are over 400 drugs that are tracked by NHTSA that can cause impairment, and each one has a different impact on every user. As states address the issue, the need for additional data is important.

GHSA has published a report summarizing the current state of knowledge of drug use by drivers on America's roadway and identifies actions that states and other stakeholders can take to detect and prevent drug-impaired driving. It provides a number of recommendations in areas ranging from planning to education to laws and prosecution.

GHSA Policy

Click here to view GHSA's Policy and Priorities on Impaired Driving

The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility

GHSA works with the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility (Responsibility.org) to combat the growing issue of drugged driving. GHSA and Responsibility.org sponsor a grant program to help states train law enforcement officers to recognize drug-impaired drivers. In addition, Responsibility.org has created a DUID Checklist for Policymakers, which can be accessed on their website.

Together, GHSA and Responsibility.org enable states to provide law enforcement officers with the advanced training and skills necessary to detect drivers who are impaired by marijuana and other drugs. As drug-impaired drivers continue to be a nationwide problem, this partnership aims to ensure that law enforcement agencies and highway safety offices have all the tools available to them to identify these drivers. Learn more about the partnership here.

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Laws

Every state has laws dealing with alcohol-impaired driving and drug-impaired driving. But unlike the laws for alcohol-impaired driving, those that address drug-impaired driving are nuanced, difficult to enforce and prosecute and vary substantially by state.

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