December is National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month. As we approach the holidays, you may see news articles and public education programs that warn of the risks of driving while intoxicated. These warnings will focus on drinking responsibly and choosing a designated driver. However, there may not be as much information about preventing Atlanta drugged driving accidents.

While alcohol-impaired driving is a serious problem, drug-impaired driving is also a growing problem in Georgia. Like alcohol, drugs affect a driver’s coordination, judgment, and reaction time.

But how big of a problem is drugged driving? These facts from Atlanta DUI injury attorney Shane Smith may surprise you:

  • The 2007 National Roadside Survey of Alcohol and Drug Use by Drivers found that one in every six weekend nighttime drivers tested positive for a legal or illegal drug.
  • In 2008, the Monitoring the Future Study (MTF) found that ten percent of teens admitted to driving while high on marijuana in the two weeks before the survey.
  • In 2009, 14,000 auto accident victims were tested for drug use. One-third of these victims tested positive. Half of these drivers (about 2300) tested positive for both drug and alcohol use.

Groups like MADD have made great progress in educating the public about the risks of drunk driving and rates of drunk-driving accidents are decreasing. Perhaps similar efforts can help prevent drugged-driving deaths in Atlanta.

If you have lost a loved one to an impaired driver, you have suffered unfairly. Every Georgia DUI death is wrong, whether the driver chose alcohol or drugs. You deserve compensation for your loss. To learn more, contact Shane Smith Law at 770-HURT-999.

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