Leveraging and Enhancing Alcohol Countermeasures to Reduce Drugged Driving: Behavioral and Educational Interventions

The effect of alcohol on crash risk has been well studied. Today, experts rely on proven measurement techniques to assess alcohol levels and have extensively examined how alcohol affects driving behavior. Research and data collection on drugs other than alcohol is not as far advanced, in part because of the sheer number of available drugs — whether prescription, over-the-counter, or recreational — as well as the myriad potential interaction effects when multiple drugs are used. The available evidence suggests that many people drive with drugs other than alcohol present in their system (Kelley-Baker et al., 2017; EMCDDA, 2012). Unfortunately, in contrast to alcohol-impaired driving, the available research-based evidence regarding effective countermeasures for drug-impaired driving is still nascent. That said, it is possible that data and experiences from the alcohol-impaired driving arena can be leveraged to advance the suite of countermeasures against drugged driving. This research brief describes a project that solicited input from subject matter experts (SMEs) across the United States regarding the potential for alcohol-impaired driving countermeasures to be adapted as drugged or drug-impaired driving countermeasures. Throughout, the term ‘drug’ refers to any type of substance other than alcohol that can contribute to impaired driving. The outcomes from the project were grouped into three categories of countermeasures: enforcement-related countermeasures, legal- and policy-based countermeasures, and behavioral and educational interventions. This brief describes behavioral and educational approaches.


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  • Accession Number: 01685249
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 30 2018 12:23PM