2019 SafeTREC Traffic Safety Facts: Drug-Impaired Driving


Driving under the influence of drugs is a significant threat to public safety. Various substances can impair cognition, attention, coordination, and other brain functions critical to driving safety. Unlike alcohol, the mechanism for absorption, distribution, and elimination of drugs from the body, as well as cognitive and behavioral effects differ greatly. The use of cannabis, prescription drugs, and other drugs are increasingly prominent on our roadways, where 22.2 percent of the nation’s 37,133 fatalities in 2017 were related to drug-involved driving. 

Fortin, Garrett
Cooper, Jill F.
Publication date: 
October 15, 2019
Publication type: 
Fact Sheet