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Originally posted by poet1b
Once again, if all you people honestly cared about saving lives, you would honestly support a system that does a lot better at keeping people under the influence from getting behind the wheel.
They don't keep the statistics, but from what little has been looked at, people driving under the influence of prescription drugs are probably responsible for as many if not more accidents than people driving under the influence of alcohol.
Certain prescriptions should automatically suspends the users license, but no one wants to support that.
I'll bet a great many of those calling for the heads of those who drive under the influence of alcohol drive under the influence of their prescription medicines all the time.
People taking many allergy medications, and anti-depressants should not be allowed to drive, but they are.
People who make long commutes in order to afford that big house with the pool are also very dangerous on the road, as dangerous, if not more than people driving under the influence of alcohol, but nobody wants to punish them.
Some States (Arizona, Delaware, Georgia, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Virginia, and Wisconsin) have passed “per se” laws, in which it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle if there is any detectable level of a prohibited drug, or its metabolites, in the driver’s blood. Other State laws define “drugged driving” as driving when a drug “renders the driver incapable of driving safely” or “causes the driver to be impaired.”
In addition, 44 States and the District of Columbia have implemented Drug Evaluation and Classification Programs, designed to train police officers as Drug Recognition Experts. Officers learn to detect characteristics in a person’s behavior and appearance that may be associated with drug intoxication. If the officer suspects drug intoxication, a blood or urine sample is submitted to a laboratory for confirmation.
People on prescriptions or driving long haul are not apt to crap their pants or hit people they love...
One study found that about 34 percent of motor vehicle crash victims admitted to a Maryland trauma center tested positive for “drugs only;” about 16 percent tested positive for “alcohol only.”