New NHTSA Initiative to Combat Drugged Driving

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced the launch of a new initiative to combat drugged driving, a growing problem on U.S. roads.

Driving under the influence of drugs (DUID) is against the law in all 50 states. With a national opioid epidemic and states legalizing marijuana, NHTSA is making the drugged-driving problem a top priority to ensure U.S. roads, communities, and families are safe from impaired drivers. NHTSA is looking to develop creative solutions to improve safety and reduce deaths caused by motor vehicle crashes.

The Agency is hosting a summit on March 15 to lead a national dialogue and call-to-action, bringing together key stakeholders to join the U.S. DOT in setting a course of action and taking measurable steps to address the nation’s drugged-driving problem.

These include:

  • Safety partners;
  • State and local elected officials;
  • Data and policy experts;
  • Law enforcement and criminal justice professionals; and
  • Toxicologists and drug recognition experts.

The summit will explore best practices for educating the public on the overall risk of drug-impaired driving, collecting consistent data and tracking DUIDs, testing and measuring driver impairment levels, and enforcing DUID laws.

Additional details will be available on in the coming weeks.