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Drugged Driving Surpasses Drunk Driving as Cause of Fatal Crashes

Driving while under the influence (DUI) of drugs is on the rise. Perhaps it is no surprise. Opioid abuse is a serious public health issue in the United States. Drug overdose is the leading cause of injury death in the country, according to the United States Department of Health and Human Services. And marijuana usage is also climbing, with thirty states and the District of Columbia legalizing the drug in some form.

But for the first time, statistics show that drugged driving surpassed drunk driving as the cause of fatal car crashes. According to research conducted by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) and the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility, of the fatal car accidents in 2015, forty-three percent of drivers that were tested had used a legal or illegal drug, surpassing the 37 percent of drivers who tested above the legal threshold for alcohol.

Driving while under the influence is serious. Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is dangerous behavior and puts the driver – and others – at risk. 

Contact a leading Clearwater DUI lawyer today by calling us at (877) 728-9653 or by scheduling a free initial consultation.

All states have stiff penalties for DUI and Florida is no exception. A DUI conviction can have long-term consequences; it is important to understand the law and your rights under the law. The DUI criminal defense team at Carlson, Meissner, Hart & Hayslett P.A. has been serving the Tampa Bay community since 1971 and have successfully advocated for those charged with DUI. Experienced, skilled, and knowledgeable in all areas of criminal law, we can help you reach the best possible outcome in your case.  We have 5 Tampa Bay offices, including ClearwaterTampaBradentonSpring Hill, and New Port Richey. We proudly serve Pinellas, Pasco, Manatee, Hillsborough and  Hernando Counties in Florida. 

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