QUICK LINKS:

Researchers say "drugged-driving" on the rise

Created: 02/07/2014 5:40 AM WHEC.com

Experts say more drivers are getting behind the wheel while under the influence of drugs.
    
The upward trend of "drugged driving" has made recent headlines after pop star Justin Bieber was arrested in January for driving under the influence of marijuana and a prescription drug.

Researchers at Columbia University found non-alcohol, drug-related auto accidents climbed from 16.6% to 28.3% during a ten year period ranging from 1999 to 2010. They also found the number of accidents caused by drivers using marijuana tripled from 4% to 12%. Researchers say drugs were to blame for nearly one quarter of driver deaths.



News10NBC/WHEC-TV welcomes your opinion and interaction on our website, but please remember to keep it clean. If you're advertising for another business, being profane, vulgar or slanderous your post will be deleted. By commenting on this website, you agree that anything you post may be used, along with your name and profile picture, in accordance with our Privacy Policy and the license you have granted pursuant to our Terms of Use. Comments are not pre-screened before they posted.



Rochester

Scattered Clouds
62°
74° | 63°
  • Feels like: 62° F
  • Wind: W 9mph
  • Humidity: 72%
  • Mon Morning clouds followed by afternoon sun
    57° | 49°
  • Tue Abundant sunshine
    69° | 45°
  • Wed More sun than clouds
    71° | 48°
  • Thu Abundant sunshine
    76° | 53°