Study: Drug use linked with 25 percent of traffic deaths in U.S.

10:39, June 24, 2011      

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Drug use may be responsible for about 25 percent of all traffic deaths in the United States, a new study says.

One quarter of the more than 44,000 drivers killed in traffic accidents between 1998 and 2009 tested positive for drugs, said the study by the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation in Calverton, Md.

Marijuana and stimulants, including cocaine and methamphetamine, were the most commonly used, the study said.

The findings, released Wednesday, were based on a federal government reporting system that collects data on all U.S. traffic deaths.

Despite the drug use, alcohol still appears to be the biggest driving hazard, the study said.

Source: Xinhua
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