While driving after drinking (i.e. drunk driving) continues to be a significant factor in many vehicle accidents, driving after taking drugs (also referred to as “drugged driving”) is also occurring on a frequent basis. Statistics indicate that such “drugged driving” now is a substantial traffic safety hazard. While there are many drugs – both legal as well as prescription – that can cause a driver to be impaired, common drugs seen in Illinois drug-related accidents include marijuana, cocaine, heroin, and meth. While these drugs can cause substantial impairment if used individually, if more than one drug is used (i.e. “mixed drug use”) the resulting impairment can be even greater. As well, mixing drug use and the consumption of alcohol can also serve to heighten the level of impairment.
There have been many accidents – some involving fatalities – in Illinois in which the driver was impaired by drug use. A recent fatal accident on Illinois 4 in Madison County has been attributed to a driver who was allegedly “high” on drugs at the time of the crash.
The accident as well as the charges faced by the driver is discussed on the December 6, 2017 bnd.com article titled “Man high on meth in crash killing Sorento IL woman.” An excerpt from the article, which discusses the accident and charges against the allegedly impaired driver, Nicholas A. Raymer, 28:
During the crash on Illinois 4, which killed Laura Clark, Raymer was under the influence of methamphetamine and amphetamine, the charges allege. Clark was taken to Anderson Hospital, where she died just before midnight Aug. 17.
Additional details concerning the crash can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the bnd.com article mentioned above. Various aspects of “drugged driving” are further discussed on the “Car Accidents Involving Drivers Under The Influence Of Drugs” page.
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