GHSA works with the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility (Responsibility.org) to combat the growing issue of drugged driving. As drug-impaired drivers continue to be a nationwide problem, GHSA and Responsibility.org aim to ensure that law enforcement agencies and highway safety offices have all the tools available to them to identify and arrest these drivers. By putting more drug recognition experts (DREs) and ARIDE-certified officers on the road, states are better able to ensure that drugged drivers are off the road.
Publications and Guidance for States
In December 2019, GHSA released High-Risk Impaired Drivers: Combating a Critical Threat, a Responsibility.org–funded report focusing on the challenges and opportunities associated with the high-risk impaired driver — a person who lacks the restraint or self-control to resist driving impaired.
The year prior, GHSA and Responsibility.org released Drug-Impaired Driving: Marijuana and Opioids Raise Critical Issues for States, which analyzes the latest-available data on drugged driving and provides an in-depth look at the impact of marijuana and opioids on driving. The report notes that, as this issue grows, the focus of impaired driving programs should expand to include all impairing substances.
GHSA and Responsibility.org have also collaborated to release Drug-Impaired Driving: A Guide for States. This report examines existing research, data and state programs addressing this complex issue, equipping states with the information necessary to combat drugged driving.
In addition, Responsibility.org offers a DUID Checklist for Policymakers, which can be accessed on its website.
GHSA and Responsibility.org provide grants to states for training programs that support the arrest and prosecution of drug-impaired drivers and, beginning in 2020, for initiatives that address recommendations in the 2019 GHSA high-risk impaired driving report.
2020 State Grants
In 2020, $210,000 in grants were awarded to seven states:
For more information on the 2020 state grants, click here.
2019 State Grants
In 2019, $80,000 in grants were awarded to four states:
- South Dakota
2018 State Grants
Five states were awarded a total of nearly $100,000 in 2018:
2017 State Grants
In 2017, $100,000 in grants were awarded to five states:
2016 State Grants
In 2016, $80,000 in grants were awarded to four states:
About the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility
The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility (Responsibility.org) is a national not-for-profit that leads the fight to eliminate drunk driving and underage drinking and is funded by the following distillers: Bacardi U.S.A., Inc.; Beam Suntory Inc.; Brown-Forman; Constellation Brands, Inc.; DIAGEO; Edrington; Mast-Jägermeister US; and Pernod Ricard USA. Recognizing 26 years of impact, Responsibility.org has transformed countless lives through programs that bring individuals, families and communities together to guide a lifetime of conversations around alcohol responsibility and offering proven strategies to stop impaired driving. To learn more, visit www.responsibility.org.