Impaired Driving in Adults Aged 21 years and Older
Every 50 minutes, one person dies in a motor vehicle crash that involves an alcohol impaired driver.
Each year, over 10,000 people die in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes. But alcohol is not the only culprit to blame when it comes to impaired driving. Drugs such as marijuana and prescription opioids (medical and non-medical use) are also threats. 1 in 3 marijuana users reported driving while impaired by marijuana, according to a new CDC study titled Exploring Substance Use and Impaired Driving among Adults Aged 21 years and Older in the U.S., 2015. The study highlights that among people using prescription opioids (medical and non-medical use), more than 3% reported driving while “high” or experiencing side effects.
Motor vehicle safety at work
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