GHSA Calls for per se Laws to Prevent Drugged Driving-Related Accidents

on 09/30/2012

Texas is one of several states in the country that do not have per se laws against drunk driving, which means that the state does not have a law that expressly forbids the presence of any prohibited substance or narcotic in a person's body while he's driving a vehicle.  The Governors Highway Safety Association wants that to change.  The organization is calling for per se laws to be enacted in all 50 states.

Currently, only 17 states in the country have laws that prohibit drivers from driving with the presence of any prohibited substances or drugs in their system.  Other states including Texas have Drug Evaluation and Classification programs.  These programs are meant to train Drug Recognition Experts, or law enforcement officers who are trained to identify motorists driving under the influence of drugs.  These officers are also trained to identify the category of drugs that is in the person’s system. 

Per se laws are also known as zero-tolerance laws, and are the strictest laws in the country to prevent people from driving under the influence of narcotic drugs.

The Governors Highway Safety Association also wants more states to adopt stronger penalties against people who are driving under the influence of multiple drugs.  Several studies have indicated that hundreds of thousands of accidents every year can be traced to people who are driving with a combination of drugs in their system, or a combination of alcohol and one drug.  These incidents however are difficult to categorize or classify, becaus the e the drugs may be difficult to identify, or it may not be possible to determine whether the drug was responsible for the accident.

If you have been involved in an automobile accident, consult a skilled Texas car accident lawyer at Watts Guerra Craft to learn about your rights. 


Tags: Automobile Accidents, Texas, Drunk Driving

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