The car above is a result of a druuged driving accident. Giving police the tools they need to learn how to identify drugged drivers could save lives by helping to avoid accidents.

A recent article by Michael Gormley in Binghamton’s Press & Sun Bulletin details efforts by Senators Charles Schumer (NY) and Mark Pryor (AR) to create federal funding to train police officers to identify drugged drivers. 

What is Schumer’s reasoning for this measure? In the article, he says, “With the explosive growth of prescription drug abuse, it’s vital that local law enforcement have the tools and training they need to identify those driving under the influence of narcotics to get them off the road.”  Indeed, a 2009 report showed that 10.5 million Americans acknowledged that they had driven under the influence of drugs. Drugged driving arrests have risen 35 percent inNew York since 2001. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that in a 2009 test, a third of over 12,000 drivers who died in car crashes had used drugs.

These startling facts from the Press & Sun Bulletin article show the widespread dangers of drugged driving. Perhaps an even more alarming part of the article, however, is the fact that police have no approved equipment to help identify drugged drivers. This is a problem that desperately needs to be addressed, and I commend Senators Schumer and Pryor for working on it.

I could not agree more with the work that Senators Schumer and Pryor are doing to try to give police the training they need to detect drugged drivers. It may cost money now, but it will save countless lives later. I work with many accident victims, and it pains me to think that their pain and suffering may have been alleviated if there was a better system in place for apprehending drugged drivers. This measure, if passed, is a great step in the right direction.

So, whether it is cocaine or cough syrup, drugged drivers beware- measures are finally being taken to better allow safety to rule the roads.

Thanks, Christina

Christina Bruner Sonsire, Esq.
NY & PA Injury & Malpractice Lawyer
Ziff Law Firm, LLP
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