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#SubDCCP to Hold Hearing on Detecting and Preventing Drugged Driving


07.03.18

WASHINGTON, DC – The Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection, chaired by Rep. Bob Latta (R-OH), announced today a hearing for Wednesday, July 11, 2018, at 1:00 p.m. in room 2123 of the Rayburn House Office Building. The hearing is entitled, “Examining Drug-Impaired Driving.”

Next week’s hearing will be an important opportunity for #SubDCCP to examine the growing problem of drug-impaired driving. A recent report by the Governors Highway Safety Association and the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility found that 44 percent of drivers in fatal crashes tested positive for drugs in 2016, compared to 28 percent in 2006.

Members will hear from a panel of experts about the latest available nationwide data and trends on drugged driving, as well as the current status of law enforcement action and training, roadside detection capabilities, and public education efforts.

“Drug-impaired drivers, whether under the influence of prescription or illegal drugs, put themselves, their passengers, and all those who share the road at risk. According to one study, the number of annual fatalities resulting from drugged driving has surpassed the number of deaths from accidents where only alcohol was involved. It’s critical we continue to work alongside our state and local partners to identify best practices for detecting and preventing drugged driving. As policymakers, our focus remains on keeping America’s roadways safe, and I look forward to hearing from our witnesses on how we can better understand and tackle this growing problem,” said #SubDCCP Chairman Latta.

The Majority Memorandum, witness list and testimony, and a live webcast will be posted HERE as they’re made available.

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