Drugged driving, like drunk driving, is a choice and 100% preventable crime, leaving families and hearts broken. That’s why MADD changed its mission statement in 2015 to include, “help fight drugged driving.” We have long supported victims and survivors of drugged driving crashes, as well as supporting law enforcement’s efforts to deter and detect drugged drivers to keep our roads save. And we will continue to do so. MADD hopes to bring awareness to the growing threat of drugged driving on our roadways, much in the same way we have with drunk driving since our founding in 1980. While the substances are different, the results are the same – needless deaths and injuries. There are many substance impairing drugs—both legal and illegal—that can impair driving skills.
- Legal medicinal/recreational marijuana
In addition drivers may get behind the wheel with a combination of alcohol and drugs, called “poly use.” Drugged driving has left many victims in its wake. In fact, MADD National President Colleen Sheehey-Church is a victim of poly-abuse driving, when her 18-year-old son Dustin drowned after the car he was riding in, driven by a teen with alcohol and drugs in her system, ran off the road and into a river, trapping Dustin inside the vehicle.