Drugs And Driving

This page has not yet been developed to the same extent as our section on drunk driving, but in the meanwhile, please check out the following websites:

In December 2003, the NHTSA released a report that published a literature review of scientific studies on drugged driving since 1980. More than 300 documents were reviewed, including research from other countries. The report covers the detection and measurement of drugs in drivers, experimental research, epidemiological research, and drug-crash countermeasures. Click here for the complete online information.
The International Council on Alcohol, Drugs and Traffic Safety (ICADTS) is an independent nonprofit body whose only goal is to reduce mortality and morbidity brought about by the misuse of alcohol and drugs by operators of vehicles in all modes of transportation.

Not all driver-affecting drugs are illicit. However, medicines can be equally dangerous. ‘Use of Impairing Medicines and Road Safety’ is a report from Europa — the European Commission.

Documents from the seminar “Illicit Drugs in Road Traffic” (from the Council of Europe’s anti-drug Pompidou Group)

UK Parliamentary Briefing (PACTS): Illegal Drugs and Driving
In a wide-ranging study into the links between drugs and road deaths by Monash University in Australia, cannabis was seemingly found to reduce road accident risk regarding fatal casualties. But the research leader, Associate Professor Olaf Drummer, cautioned that the results should not be interpreted as evidence that smoking marijuana improved people’s driving skills. Read the full report here.


The Committee for Drugs and Traffic Safety — Stupefiants et Conduite Automobile, Les Propositions de la SFTA; France.