SWOV Catalogus

343580

Drugged driving.
20170240 ST [electronic version only]

Bethesda, MD, National Institute on Drug Abuse, 2016, 5 p., 13 ref.; Drug Facts

Samenvatting Use of illicit drugs or misuse of prescription drugs can make driving a car unsafe–just like driving after drinking alcohol. Drugged driving puts the driver, passengers, and others who share the road at risk. The effects of specific drugs differ depending on how they act in the brain. For example, marijuana can slow reaction time, impair judgment of time and distance, and decrease coordination. Drivers who have used cocaine or methamphetamine can be aggressive and reckless when driving. Certain kinds of sedatives, called benzodiazepines, can cause dizziness and drowsiness. All of these impairments can lead to vehicle crashes. Research studies have shown negative effects of marijuana on drivers, including an increase in lane weaving, poor reaction time, and altered attention to the road. Use of alcohol with marijuana made drivers more impaired, causing even more lane weaving. (Author/publisher)
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