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Arlington Heights criminal defense attorney, drugged driving, DUID, legalize marijuana, medical providers, methamphetamines, prescription drug, prescription medicationsReported in a recent study funded by the Public Health Law Research, today’s driver who is arrested for driving under the influence of drugs (DUID) is much different than those arrested for the same criminal offense in 1993. Twenty years ago, a driver convicted of DUID was most likely younger and under the influence of cocaine or methamphetamines. But today’s DUID driver is more likely to be 50 years or older and most often tests positive for either marijuana or prescription drugs.

Researchers analyzed fatal crash statistics that occurred between the years 1993 to 2010 where the driver had tested positive for DUID. One of the findings revealed was that the number of drivers who tested positive for three or more drugs has doubled, going from 11.5 percent in 1993 to 21.5 percent in 2010.

Back in 1993, only one in eight drivers were found to be using three or more drugs. Today, that number is one in five drivers. Other findings included:

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