A New Study Shows Fewer Drunk Drivers on the Road; But the Study Misses the Point


A National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) study shows a big drop in the number of people driving drunk on the weekends, but drunk drivers are still a major cause of fatal motor vehicle accidents in the U.S. However, there's a caveat or two about the study: today, people may be less likely to participate in the roadside survey, and the focus of the research is on alcoholic beverages.

Impaired drivers are doing more than just drinking alcohol. They are taking pills or liquid enhancers to stay on the road longer. This is especially true in the trucking industry with a quarter of all truck drivers taking pills to stay awake. Other pills, such as adderall and ritalin, are out there to prevent people from falling asleep.

The report admits people may not have told them the truth (for privacy reasons, fear of liability or litigation, etc.), but the truth is that the real issue is driver IMPAIRMENT, not just drivers who drink alcohol.

Impairment is the real issue.

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