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NHTSA wants to make ending drugged driving a priority

In an effort to make roads in New Jersey and throughout the country safer, the NHTSA is partnering with other stakeholders in an effort to end drugged driving. Among the parties invited to attend a March 15 summit include state and local elected officials and data and policy experts. Others include toxicologists and those who have criminal justice or law enforcement backgrounds. They will work with the agency on developing ways to keep the roads safer.

This will include looking at ways to determine if drivers are impaired as well as best practices to educate the public about the dangers of drugged driving. The summit will also look at ways to keep good data related to the number of driving under the influence of drugs incidents that take place across the country. According to the NHTSA, the opiod crisis as well as the legalization of marijuana has made the subject of drugged driving one that needs to be looked at closely.

Motorists who are impaired by drugs, even if they have a prescription for them, and who cause a collision will likely be deemed to be negligent. Accordingly, they might be deemed to bear the financial responsibility for any harm that is caused to their passengers or occupants of other vehicles that have been involved in the car crash.

As a result, people who have been injured might find it advisable to meet with an attorney who has experience with these types of matters. In some cases, the attorney might be able to negotiate an adequate settlement with the at-fault driver's insurer.

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