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Incidence of Driving While Drugged Has Risen Sharply on NJ Roads

Report says more drivers who were killed on New Jersey’s roads in 2015 and 2016 tested positive for drugs than for alcohol

Driving under the influence of drugs has increased significantly over the past decade in New Jersey. In 2015 and 2016, more drivers who were killed on the roads tested positive for drugs than for alcohol, something that hasn’t happened since 2007, according to a report by AAA Northeast.

“In New Jersey in 2016, 103 fatally injured drivers tested positive for drugs, 92 for alcohol,” said AAA Northeast spokesperson Robert Sinclair Jr. Nineteen percent of the drivers who were killed tested positive for cannabinoids and 12 percent for narcotics. In 2007, the figures were 6 percent for cannabinoids and 3 percent for narcotics.

“So, the problem of people using drugs and getting behind the wheel and getting killed is growing and that’s with the drug not legal here,” said Sinclair. (New Jersey lawmakers are moving towards legalizing recreational marijuana.)

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