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Old 11-30-10, 10:51 AM
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33 percent of drivers test positive for drugs in accidents

Just seen this on CNN. Don't know if their is a link. This is both prescription and illegal drugs found in the system after car accidents. I know I'm on 2 prescriptions that I won't drive if I am taking them. I'm on alot of heart meds and don't notice being drowsy. One presciption med knocks me out for about 12 hrs and I have a hard time getting up.
Old 11-30-10, 11:01 AM
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Re: 33 percent of drivers test positive for drugs in accidents

Americans are on a lot of drugs. Far more on the 'good'( ) drugs from doctors maybe, but there's a lot of drugs going on out there.

Makes the dealers very rich having so many on drugs, be it criminal cartels or supposedly 'good' pharmaceutical companies.

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Re: 33 percent of drivers test positive for drugs in accidents

That means that 67% of drivers in accidents are drug free! Guess we now know which is the safer state to drive in...
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Re: 33 percent of drivers test positive for drugs in accidents

I think that number is nonsense myself, it's probably much higher than 33%.
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Re: 33 percent of drivers test positive for drugs in accidents

79% of statistics are made up
Old 11-30-10, 11:22 AM
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Re: 33 percent of drivers test positive for drugs in accidents

I know times are tough and all, but I think it's high time we all bit the bullet and help fully fund the war on drugs so we can end car accidents once and for all.
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Re: 33 percent of drivers test positive for drugs in accidents

That statistic is only useful if you also know what percentage of the general driving public is on drugs.

It may be that 99% is. Which would make the statistic have a different meaning.
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Re: 33 percent of drivers test positive for drugs in accidents

and the other 67% test positive for estrogen?
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Re: 33 percent of drivers test positive for drugs in accidents

By the way, these sorts of statistics typically includes the driver of all cars in the accident, whether you are at fault or not.
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Re: 33 percent of drivers test positive for drugs in accidents

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and the other 67% test positive for estrogen?
HA. That made me laugh
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Re: 33 percent of drivers test positive for drugs in accidents

I've been involved in several accidents in my life, yet have never been tested for drugs afterwards. This statistic is for fatal or injury-producing accidents, maybe? You'd pretty much have to be in the hospital at some point to figure this out.
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Re: 33 percent of drivers test positive for drugs in accidents

Does the stat include alcohol as a drug?
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Re: 33 percent of drivers test positive for drugs in accidents

That number makes no sense. People in accidents are not routinely screened for drugs. Even if they were, the screening tests typically available in an ER (other than a blood alcohol level) don't tell you whether the driver was high while driving. They may pick up that someone smoked some weed or snorted some coke weeks ago. The information is useless.
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Re: 33 percent of drivers test positive for drugs in accidents

Originally Posted by Drexl View Post
Does the stat include alcohol as a drug?
Of course not. We all know alcohol is not a drug.
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Re: 33 percent of drivers test positive for drugs in accidents

This study is useless for all the good reasons listed above.
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Re: 33 percent of drivers test positive for drugs in accidents

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This study is useless for all the good reasons listed above.
I'm sure many people will find it quite useful. Specifically, lying scumbag prohibitionists.
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Re: 33 percent of drivers test positive for drugs in accidents

99.999% of stupid motherfuckers are on SOMETHING (alcohol, drugs, pharmaceuticals, whatever).

The drugs may already be out of someone's system. But they still pointed out life's morans.
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Re: 33 percent of drivers test positive for drugs in accidents

But how many drivers who are at fault for an accident are stoned? We're clearly supposed to assume that it's the druggies who are causing the accidents, but it's entirely possible that many of them are caused by sober drivers doing something stupid, and the only effect of the drugs is slowing the reaction time of the other driver so they can't avoid it.
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Re: 33 percent of drivers test positive for drugs in accidents

More generally, how often are drugs and alcohol actually the casue of the accident. It seems like whenever there is an accident involving an impaired person, it is assumed that the drug impairment was the cause. Maybe the person would never have gotten in the accident if there was a stop sign instead of yield, for example, or because of weather conditions, etc. etc.

And I'm not suggesting this is the case for the majority these accidents. I'm sure more often than not the alcohol or whatever is to blame. But I do wonder.
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Re: 33 percent of drivers test positive for drugs in accidents

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