March 14, 2012
Recent studies have shown that there is a growing problem of drugged driving on America’s highways. The National Institute on Drug Abuse claims that drug use was seven times more common among weekend nighttime drivers in the U.S. than alcohol, as 16 percent of those drivers tested positive for drugs compared to 2 percent who tested at or above the legal limit for alcohol.
For example, police say a 43-year-old Boulder, Colorado, man was under the influence of a narcotic painkiller when he caused a nine-vehicle pile-up Tuesday evening. Reports from 9 News indicated that the accident happened along 19th Street, between Cedar and Iris.
The driver told police that he had taken the Percocet for a stomach problem before blacking out at the wheel and causing a string of collisions. He was arrested and said he didn’t remember hitting the other vehicles. He faces charges of vehicular assault, DUI, reckless driving, and hit-and-run causing injury.
Surveys have shown that many people believe they can get away with drugged driving because they think police can’t prove they are under the influence if they are pulled over. However, advancements in technology and law enforcement education have given officers the tools they need to determine if a driver is under the influence of drugs.