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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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Introduction

International Transport Forum

Following almost three decades of intensive efforts to reduce the magnitude of the alcohol-crash problem, safety advocates, policy makers, legislators, and enforcement agencies have begun to express greater concern about the use of drugs by drivers. Although the misuse of drugs has long been considered a major social problem, the acute and devastating consequences of driving while impaired by psychoactive substances other than, or in addition to, alcohol has only recently become a recognised road safety issue of its own.

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