By now, most of us know that driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is dangerous and puts many lives at risk. Unfortunately, many Staten Island drivers continue to put themselves and others at risk, causing countless injuries and deaths. According to the New York Safety Statistical Repository, drug-related car accidents in Staten Island nearly doubled in 2015.
The data from 2014 shows drug-related crashes at an all-time low of eight. This number jumped to 15 in 2015. However, it appears that Staten Island is still well under the all-time high of 33 crashes in 2011. Fatalities in these accidents are also on the rise. In 2015, seven fatalities were reported, which is the highest it has been in 5 years.
As for 2016, one accident was reported earlier this year on Hylan Boulevard, when a driver was injecting heroin while driving. The driver crashed into a guardrail and has been arrested and charged with reckless endangerment.
Nonetheless, many accidents do end up injuring and killing New York motorists and pedestrians. Driving under the influence of drugs may be less common than drunk driving, but it is still a serious problem.
Many people use medicinal marijuana or legally prescribed muscle relaxers and think that they are okay to drive because they are not illegal drugs. This is incorrect.
When it comes to driving, both are illegal and can lead to a DUI offense. Just because a doctor prescribed the medication, does not mean one can drive with it in their system. Both legal and illegal drugs can cause impairing effects that put countless lives in danger.
Source: Staten Island Live, "Drug-related crashes nearly double, fatalities rise on Staten Island," Kristin F. Dalton, April 18, 2016