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Drugs and Driving

Detection and Deterrence

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Driving while impaired by drugs – whether licit or illicit – has emerged as an important road safety issue. This report provides a state-of-the-art review of the role and impact of drugs in road accident risk. It reviews the legislation, deterrence and roadside detection practices in member countries as well as preventative measures to combat drug use while driving. It provides recommendations on strategies to adopt in addressing this issue, with a view to contributing to a safe system approach and saving further lives on the roads.

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Drug Use Among Drivers

International Transport Forum

This chapter presents the evidence from studies that have examined the frequency of driving after drug use and the incidence of drugs among drivers involved in crashes. This includes population-level data on drug and alcohol use (including data from the survey conducted as part of this project), self-report surveys in which drivers are asked to describe their own practices of driving after using drugs, roadside surveys in which objective measures of drug use are usually obtained from drivers, and studies that seek to measure the type and extent of drugs among drivers who come to the attention of authorities as a result of arrest or crash involvement.

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