In 2016 Fatal Crashes, 30,969 Drivers Had No Usable Test Results for DUI, and 35,699 for Drugs

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    SAN FRANCISCO, CA, December 08, 2017 — Thousands of the test results were never performed or were incompletely reported to the National FARS data base.

NHTSA's latest 2016 Summary of Alcohol-Impaired Driving, DOT HS 812 450, made no mention of the lack of useable DUI test results for most of the drivers in fatal crashes.

“How long will the Government wait to make testing for drugs and alcohol mandatory for all drivers in fatal crashes? Until then, we will never know the true level of this major driving risk for Americans.” – P Drum, Pharm D

A high level – 27% – showed an alcohol impaired driver at twice the legal limit (BAC 0.16 or more). For drugs, 40% of the usable tests displayed drug presence in the at-fault driver.

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Sarah Thompson

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Sarah is a financial reporter, focusing on technology, national security, and policing. Before joining Daily Telescope she worked as a staff writer at Fast Company and spent two years as a foreign correspondent in Turkey. Her work has been published in Al Jazeera America, The Nation, Vice News, Motherboard, and many other outlets.
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