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Additional Substance Impaired Driving Resources

AAA recognizes the growing threat of drugged driving, whether drugs are prescribed or illicit. AAA continues to be a leader in traffic safety through advocacy and development of proven countermeasures. 

  • Better data collection: Require mandatory drug and alcohol testing for drivers involved in fatal and serious injury crashes.  Also, separate and distinct sanctions for alcohol- and drug-impaired driving would help to improve data on each. 
  • Education and training for criminal justice practitioners: Law enforcement, prosecutors, and judges would benefit from specialized training on the complexities of drug-impaired driving.
  • Better laws to prevent impaired driving: AAA is dedicated to promoting driver safety through education and advocacy. Listed are a few examples of the impaired-driving prevention laws that AAA supports:
    • Administrative Suspension: Law providing for immediate license suspension for drivers who refuse to submit to a chemical test or fail a BAC test for being above the legal limit.
    • DUI Checkpoints: DUI, or sobriety, checkpoints are enforcement programs that allow police to stop vehicles to check on the sobriety of the drivers.
    • DWI Courts/Drug Courts also known as Sobriety Courts: A DWI/Drug court or sobriety court is an intensive probation program that puts the emphasis on recovery from alcoholism or substance abuse to help reduce repeat DUI offences.  
    • Ignition Interlock Devices: A device installed in a vehicle to prevent it from starting if the driver’s BAC is above a set limit.
    • Open Container Laws: Prohibit the possession of any open alcoholic beverage or cannabis container and the consumption of these products in the passenger area of a motor vehicle.
    • Vehicle Based Sanctions: Provide for seizure and sale of the vehicle operated by an offender at the time an alcohol-related offense was committed.