Drug-impaired driving has been increasing in frequency. Many fear that this drug-impaired driving might increase once that marijuana becomes legalized in Illinois beginning in 2020.
There are many drugs that have used before drug-impaired driving and the associated accidents. Among the most common drugs used by “drugged drivers” are cannabis, heroin, cocaine, and meth. However, a broad range of drugs, as well as other inhalation methods such as sniffing (chemicals) and “huffing” have also caused driver impairment and accidents.
The subject of drug-impaired driving is further discussed on the “Car Accidents Involving Drivers Under The Influence Of Drugs” page. As discussed on that page, drugs can have many different influences on one’s ability to properly operate a vehicle. Among the factors that can increase driver impairment are the type of drug used; the amount of drug used; when the drug was used; and if there was mixed drug use and/or if alcohol was also consumed. There have been many accidents in Illinois where a drug-impaired driver has lost control of a vehicle and caused serious injuries or fatalities.
The December 9, 2019 bnd.com article titled “Cahokia IL woman charged with aggravated DUI in fatal crash” discusses a fatal accident in which a driver has been charged with driving while impaired by drugs. An excerpt:
A Cahokia woman has been charged with aggravated driving under the influence in a car accident that caused the death of an East St. Louis woman in August.
Loren C. Hearty, 31, was charged on Nov. 27, St. Clair County Court records show. According to the charging document, Hearty was under the influence of fentanyl when she was behind the wheel of a Dodge Caravan that hit and killed Eva Willis, 39, on Aug. 15 in Cahokia.
Around 3:20 p.m. that day, Hearty’s eastbound van crossed into the opposite lane on Camp Jackson Road near Paris Avenue and struck Willis, who was waiting at a bus stop.
Additional details regarding drug-impaired driving and associated accidents can be seen in the sources mentioned above.
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