Drugged driving fatalities on the rise in Missouri and nationwide

1 year 11 months 3 weeks ago Friday, April 28 2017 Apr 28, 2017 Friday, April 28, 2017 5:36:00 PM CDT April 28, 2017 in Top Stories
By: Matt Vereen, KOMU 8 Reporter
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JEFFERSON CITY — Fatal accidents involving drugged driving have surpassed those involving drunk driving, according to a new study from the Governors Highway Safety Association.

The report found 43 percent of motorists who died in 2015 were under the influence of drugs, while only 37 percent tested positive for alcohol.

GHSA did point out many officers are not trained to identify the signs and symptoms of drivers impaired by drugs other than alcohol.

In Missouri, drugged driving fatalities are on the rise but have yet to surpass drunken driving fatalities.

In 2007, there were 24-drugged driving fatalities compared to 231 drunk driving fatalities. 2016 saw that change to 70 and 166 respectively.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says while the state has not seen more drugged driving fatalities than drunk driving fatalities, drug use behind the wheel has become a growing problem.

“Over the years, we have seen an increase in drug use. Whether that’s illicit drug use, marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine. But it’s also over the counter prescription medication, whether or not someone would have a prescription,” said MSHP Sergeant Scott White.

So far in 2017, Missouri has seen 16 drugged driving fatalities and 24 drunk driving fatalities, though troopers note the two are not mutually exclusive.

White said it is important to realize driving while under the influence of drugs is just as dangerous as driving while drunk.

“Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is a choice and it’s 100 percent preventable. Even though the substances may be different, the results are the same. It ends up tragically in injuries and death every year here in Missouri,” White said.

He said drivers need to understand the responsibility they have to others when they are behind the wheel.

“Driving is the first privilege we earn in our lives that allows us to kill another person or ourselves without any intent whatsoever. It’s very dangerous. You have to remember that driving is a divided attention task. You have to do something mental and physical. Whether or not you’re under the influence of drugs or alcohol, both of those are affected,” White said.

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