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Teens Need to be Educated About the Dangers of Drugged Driving

Published March 8, 2012 by Scott Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney

“In my view, drugged driving is just as serious of a public safety concern as drunk driving,” said Scott C. Gottlieb, New York car accident attorney, just last month as he discussed the growing problem of drugged drivers on the New York roadways. Unfortunately, a car accident yesterday with a 20-year-old under the influence of drugs brings attention to the careless attitude young drivers are taking with drugged driving.

The young man found out the hard that even though he was taking Xanax, a prescription medicine, he can still be charged with DUI. The man was charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs, seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and other traffic violations, after he sideswiped a car.

According to a Liberty Mutual Insurance/SADD study, marijuana use is on the rise among teenagers and one-in-five report they have driven when under the influence of the drug. Further, even though marijuana and other drugs affect reaction time, perception and judgment, young adults do not see the hazards. In fact, according to the study, teens are “less concerned about riding in a car with a driver who has used marijuana than with one who has used alcohol.”

“Marijuana affects memory, judgment, and perception and can lead to poor decisions when a teen under the influence of this or other drugs gets behind the wheel of a car,” said Stephen Wallace, Senior Advisor for Policy, Research, and Education at SADD .

One of the most distressing aspects of the survey is that the results show that teens’ attitudes about driving after consuming drugs has shifted significantly in just the last two years. In the 2009 survey, 78 percent of teens characterized marijuana use as “very” or “extremely” distracting to their driving. Now, nearly 40 percent of teens who have driven after using marijuana say “the drug presents no distraction to their driving.”

Our Binghamton car accident attorneys encourage parents of teens, and all adults, to caution young drivers of the hazards of driving with any drugs, illegal or prescription, in their system. While drugs may not result in the clumsiness that comes with excessive alcohol consumption, slowed reaction time, a sense of euphoria and inability to make sound decisions, that result from drug use, all have a dangerous impact on driving skills.

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Experience counts. If you or a loved one has suffered serious injuries in a New York accident due to a drugged driver, contact Scott C. Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney, to help. Our New York personal injury law office handles all types of accident, injury and medical malpractice cases.

As you work on recovering from your injuries, let our Binghamton, New York accident attorney’s office take care of the rest, including the paperwork, insurance documents and other legal issues related to your accident. Contact our personal injury attorney today at (607) 235-2754 or use our online contact form. There is no charge for the consultation.

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