Crackdown in place August 21st – Sept 7th.
You may have noticed the signs along the highway this month promoting SC Law Enforcement’s 2015 “Sober or Slammer” DUI crackdown campaign. To combat the use of drugs and alcohol while driving the campaign is being promoted as part of a National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) program, during the weeks of August 21 through September 7, 2015. Labor Day weekend brings an increase in highway travel and drunk and drug impaired driving nationally. NHTSA statistics show that there were 424 crash fatalities during Labor Day weekend in 2013, with almost half involving impaired drivers.
Driving while impaired by illegal drugs is on the rise nationally.
A new survey by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (www.nhtsa.gov) shows a significant increase in the number of impaired drivers with illegal drugs in their systems. Participating drivers in the study were tested over a two year period (2013/2014) for drug impairment using both saliva and blood tests. The number of weekend nighttime drivers with illegal drugs in their systems was 15.7 percent. Those drivers who use prescriptions or over-the-counter medications that may affect driving was 7.3 percent. The NHTSA study found that the number of drivers who use drugs, especially in the weekend evening, increased from 16.3 percent in 2007 to 20 percent in 2013/2014, a substantial increase.
The greatest increase in drug using during this period was marijuana. The percentage of drivers testing for marijuana use increased from 8.9 percent in 2007 to 12.6 percent in 2013/2014, for an increase of 47 percent. Alcohol use among drivers declined according to survey results. The new survey found that 1.5 percent of weekend drivers had a blood alcohol level at or above the legal limit of .08 breath alcohol concentration (BrAC). The number of drivers with a measureable amount of alcohol in their systems was 8.3 percent.
2015 Sober or Slammer targeting illegal drug use.
The “Sober or Slammer” crackdown campaign also hopes to reduce the numbers found in the survey, and encourage safe driving and save lives during this time of year. Read the press release from the SCDPS.
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