This Labor Day, and every day, remember that drug-impaired driving is dangerous and illegal. Marijuana can inhibit your brain function by negatively impacting your motor coordination and reaction time. Driving while drug-impaired puts you, your passengers, pedestrians and other people on the road in danger.
Drug prevalence appears to be on the rise among drivers. NHTSA’s recent study of seriously or fatally injured road users at studied trauma centers suggested that the overall prevalence of alcohol, cannabinoids and opioids increased during the public health emergency compared to before.
During the Labor Day holiday period, we typically see an increase in impaired driving deaths — and that's why you'll likely see more law enforcement on the roads as part of If You Feel Different You Drive Different, Drive High - Get a DUI. The campaign, which runs from August 18-September 6, aims to educate people about the dangers and consequences of drug-impaired driving.
Be Responsible: Have a Plan
- Plan a safe and sober ride home ahead of time.
- If you have smoked or ingested an impairing substance, do not drive. If you know someone who is impaired, don't let them get behind the wheel.
- If you’re hosting a gathering, make sure all your guests have a sober ride home.
- If you see an impaired driver, call 911. And always wear your seat belt — it’s your best defense against impaired drivers.