BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD)– April is Distracted Driving Month and native organizations are taking a better take a look at how impaired driving is impacting communities.
Distracted driving has turn out to be an growing concern on the roadway, particularly with impaired driving.
Louisiana Freeway Security Fee Spokesman Mark Lambert says, “Let’s say you’ve had an excessive amount of to drink and also you’re driving. It makes it a lot simpler so that you can turn out to be a distracted driver.”
This included not solely drunk driving but additionally drugged driving.
Lambert says, “What we’re seeing increasingly more of now, and this has been steadily climbing for a number of years, increasingly more drivers are impaired by some kind of drug.”
Though each are harmful aside, collectively they’re much more dangerous.
AAA Louisiana Spokesman Don Redman says, “You see once we discuss to state troopers in Louisiana additionally a few of their DWI arrests and in some instances it’s as excessive as 50 % of these DWI arrests are people who find themselves strictly on medication or a mixture of medication and alcohol.”
It creates what’s known as synergy.
“It’s the synergistic impact of two chemical compounds or extra, so while you mix marijuana and alcohol. not does two plus two equal 4, two plus two could be something. The extent of impairment is dramatically magnified,” says Redman.
Though the message could appear redundant they are saying it’s nonetheless a difficulty.
Lambert says, “We’re attempting to drum it into folks’s heads. Driving a motorcar takes all your consideration and it takes all your psychological paralysis and all your psychological coordination.”
Redman says, “Something that impairs you shouldn’t be behind that wheel.”