Reports have shown that across New York state drugged driving has increased. It states that drugged driving is one of the major causes of car fatalities in Westchester. Travel experts from AAA examined fatality analysis reporting system data on drivers killed in crashes who were screened for drugs and alcohol in the past decade. During 2016, 39 percent of drivers fatally injured in accidents tested positive for drugs. Young drivers in 2016 from ages 19-21 years old received the most tickets for drugged driving compared to other age groups. August proved to be the month when most drugged drivers died. Although more drivers killed in crashes are testing positive for marijuana, AAA says it does not mean they were necessarily high at the time of the crash since the drug can be in your system for up to a month.

With these statistics in mind, it is important to consider the consequences that can come from driving under the influence. Individuals can face penalties that may include jail time or fines. Along with these penalties, they may have to enter into some kind of rehabilitation. As the number of offenses of driving under the influence increases, these individuals may face harsher consequences that include more jail time and higher fines. It may have the influence of altering life significantly. When drivers are caught driving under the influence of alcohol multiple times, they often have to get an ignition interlock device installed. This is to prevent them from being able to drive a motor vehicle while they are intoxicated. When these are assigned to individuals found guilty, they have to get them installed with their own money. This can become quite expensive. Something similar may be adapted to prevent individuals from driving while drugged.

As marijuana laws are continuously being debated on and looked over by officials, it is important to remember that driving while impaired can result in consequences. Individuals who are impaired have an increased chance of causing accidents or driving carelessly. If you have been charged with driving under the influence, it may be in your best interest to acquire the aid of a professional attorney. They can provide you with the legal counsel you may need to protect your future.

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