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NHTSA to host summit on drugged driving

Law enforcement officers have long been proficient in detecting drivers under the sway of alcohol. If necessary, West Virginia police can arrange a field sobriety test and ultimately examine a driver's blood alcohol concentration. However, the process for detecting the influence of other drugs is less straightforward. Further complicating the issue is the increase in drugged driving accidents, which some have attributed to the opioid epidemic.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced its intention to address this recent concern over drugged driving. The goal of the NHTSA is developing a strategy for improving road safety and limiting drugged driving-related deaths. To that end, the NHTSA is hosting a summit on March 15, 2018, to commence a national dialogue about drugged driving.

The summit attendees will be a mix of public and private parties including state and local officials, representatives of state and federal law enforcement, drug recognition experts and policy experts. It is the hope of the NHTSA that the summit will foster a discussion on measuring impairment levels in drivers, enforcing current laws more efficiently and developing best practices for educating both law enforcement and the public.

Drugged drivers are extremely dangerous given how drugs can affect response times behind the wheel. The possibility of serious injury or death is always present when an impaired driver loses control of their vehicle. An individual who has been injured by a drugged driver may file a claim for damages. Legal counsel with experience in personal injury law could assist the victim by negotiating a settlement. In cases where settlement talks break down, an attorney may be able to draft a lawsuit and guide it through the judicial system.

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