Issues: Drugged Driving

Contact: Becky Iannotta [email protected] 202.600.2032 Drugged driving is a growing problem but alcohol threat is far from being eradicated  WASHINGTON (July 11, 2018) — Today, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) National President Colleen Sheehey-Church...

On June 22, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and the Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI) released a “Status Report” on the potential effect of legalizing recreational marijuana use on crash rates. The report found that highway crashes (based on crashes of all severities reported to auto insurers) increased by 3 percent overall in three states after the legalization of recreational marijuana use.

“MADD is outraged and absolutely heartsick that a driver allegedly impaired by drugs plowed into a sidewalk full of pedestrians in Times Square this afternoon, killing an 18-year-old young woman and injuring her sister and 21 others. Our hearts go out to the victims and their families and all of those impacted by this horrific crash. Today is a sad reminder that we have so much more work to do to keep our country safe from impaired driving. There is no excuse to ever drive while impaired by any legal or illegal drug and put the lives of innocent people at risk. MADD pledges to be there to support everyone impacted by this 100 percent preventable crime.”