For the first time, "drugged driving" has now surpassed drunk driving as a factor in fatal crashes, according to a new report by the Governor's Highway Safety Association.
Statistics in the study show drugs were present in 43 percent of drivers in crash fatalities.
The majority of Ohio motorists now fear drugged drivers more than drunk drivers, according to a AAA survey.
Three out of four motorists surveyed said the use of illegal drugs before driving was a “very serious threat” to their safety. By comparison, 66 percent of the people surveyed said the same thing about people driving after drinking alcohol.
“Public awareness of the drugged driving issue is critical to finding a solution,” said AAA Spokesperson, Cheryl Parker. “The new statistics mirror what the public is already feeling which is the dire threat to their safety posed by drugged driving. This is especially significant when you consider the number of years it took to get the public to fully understand the dangers posed by drinking and driving.”
According to traffic crash statistics released last year, Ohio has seen a 25 percent increase in drugged driving crashes since 2012. In 2016 alone, there were more than 3,500 drugged driving crashes in Ohio