According to AAA, there were 53,000 arrests for driving under the influence (DUI) in Pennsylvania last year. What may be surprising to some people is that only half of those arrests involved alcohol; the other 26,000 involved drugs.

Recently, AAA held a Drugged Driving Summit in Harrisburg to address Pennsylvania’s biggest obstacles when it comes to drugged drivers. State legislators, law enforcement, health care and other experts gathered at the summit to talk about how to better enforce field testing and prosecution of drugged drivers, among other topics.

One hot topic is the possibility of legalizing marijuana in Pennsylvania. AAA and the PA DUI Association are both against legalizing the drug, because it would mean increased availability, and in turn, more users. Among marijuana users, there are always going to be some who make the destructive decision of getting behind the wheel. This could translate into higher rates of drugged driving accidents and fatalities.

Impaired driving is dangerous no matter what substance it involves, and AAA leaders hope their message will be taken seriously by legislators in order to prevent even more of an increase in this dangerous behavior. 

Source: abc27.com

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