According to a recent study about car accidents, drugged driving is becoming more prevalent than drunk driving in Los Angeles and other California cities on the weekends. Naturally, this is a concern for everyone on the road. Survey results from the study show that 14 percent of drivers had drugs in their system.

Some of these were legal, prescription medications, and others were illegal drugs. Either way, however, those drugs impaired their ability to operate a vehicle safely, which could result in more car accidents. Drugged driving is a big threat to the safety of the public, and tackling the issue can help reduce accidents.

It can be hard to improve traffic safety because the police cannot be everywhere all the time. Often, they are responding to a crash after it happens instead of preventing it. Still, there are things that can be done to lower the number of accidents.

Awareness is among the most important ways to get drugged drivers out from behind the wheel. While some people don’t care about their level of impairment, others may not realize that the medications are adversely affecting them and they should not be driving. Getting these people to stop and think before they drive can really lower the number of accidents, especially on weekend nights.

Rates for drugged and drunk drivers always rise on the weekends, especially between the hours of 10:00 PM and 3:00 AM. Those are the hours when police should focus on identifying drugged drivers in the act and getting them off the streets.

There is so much awareness around drunk driving. This finding regarding drugged driving strongly suggests that awareness around drugs and driving is equally, if not more important, than trying to prevent drinking and driving.

Source: Los Angeles Times, “More Californians driving high than drunk on weekend, study says,” Lowery, Wesley, November 19, 2012