Prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, and illegal drugs may cause impairment alone or in combination with each other and/or with alcohol. In every State and the District of Columbia, impaired driving is illegal. Whether by drugs — legal or illegal — alcohol, or a combination of both drugs and alcohol, impaired driving puts the driver, their passengers, and other road users at risk. In NHTSA’s National Roadside Survey conducted in 2013-2014, 20 percent of drivers surveyed tested positive for potentially impairing drugs. Let’s work together to share this life-saving message: Impaired driving is illegal and deadly.
Drugs and Driving
How Marijuana Affects Driving
NHTSA’s National Drug-Impaired Driving Initiative
On January 25, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) launched a new initiative to combat drug-impaired driving, a form of impaired driving that is illegal in all 50 States and the District of Columbia. With a national opioid epidemic and States legalizing marijuana to varying degrees, NHTSA is making drug-impaired driving a top priority. Goals include:
- Starting a national dialogue and developing strong policies;
- Launching a public awareness and education initiative to stigmatize drug-impaired driving; and
- Exploring and leveraging innovative approaches to prevent drug-impaired driving.
Ideas, concerns, and thoughts
NHTSA wants you to join in the conversation about drug-impaired driving. Share your thoughts, concerns, ideas to us in an email. We'll summarize and add them to the appropriate idea board from the meeting.
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Press Conference Comments on Drug-Impaired Driving
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U.S. DOT Announces 2017 Roadway Fatalities Down
NHTSA Drug-Impaired Driving Pledge
Ideas to Impact: A Dialogue to Address Drug-Impaired Driving
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U.S. Department of Transportation Launches New Ad Campaign to Stop Impaired Driving