Drug DUIs on the Rise
Posted by Childress on June 1, 2006
Thanks to Mothers Against Drunk Driving and other activists, drunk driving arrests and fatalities are down. But drug DUI's are up, the LA Times reports:
Russ Clark, a motorcycle officer with the Long Beach police, says he's arrested "potheads, hard-core methamphetamine addicts, even nurses and doctors under the influence of drugs."
In his pursuit of law-breaking motorists, the 26-year veteran of the department has pulled over weaving vehicles thick with marijuana smoke and drivers so high "they were moving in slow motion." "It was like right out of a Cheech and Chong movie," he says.
He's snared twitching meth addicts driving erratically and motorists so wasted on muscle relaxers they could hardly stand.
While incidences of drunk driving have declined over the years, thanks in part to organizations such as Mothers Against Drunk Driving, driving under the influence of drugs has increased, reports Marilyn Huestis at the National Institute on Drug Abuse in Rockville, Md.
To battle the problem, researchers are scrambling to develop uniform procedures that would allow police to easily screen motorists suspected of being under the influence of drugs.
Australia — where Ecstasy use is on the upswing, as are Ecstasy-related emergency room visits — and Europe are way ahead of us on getting contol of "drugged driving." Read the article if you're interested in more details.