NHTSA Plans to Take on Drugged Driving Issues

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, as part of the U.S. Department of Transportation, issued a statement last week stating its plans to take stronger action against driving under the influence of drugs. This comes in response to the legalization of marijuana in a number of states as well as the devastating opioid epidemic that has lead to thousands of deaths. When individuals make the decision to drive under the influence of drugs, they are putting the lives of themselves and others at risk.

In an effort to take action on this issue, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is going to host a summit comprised of toxicologists, law enforcement officials, state and local officials, and policy experts to begin a discussion as to what can be done.

In New Jersey, driving while intoxicated can be defined as a person who operates a motor vehicle or permits another person to operate a motor vehicle while they are under the influence of “intoxicating liquor, narcotic, or habit producing drug.” Therefore, regardless of whether the individual is found to be intoxicated by drugs or alcohol, they may face the same charges. It is also important to note that if an individual has drugs in their possession at the time they are pulled over on suspicion of driving under the influence, they may face additional charges.

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