Drugged Driving a Growing Tennessee Concern

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Drugged driving has overtaken drunken and distracted driving as a factor in Tennessee traffic fatalities.

Citing an analysis of Tennessee Highway Patrol data, The Tennessean reports the number of deaths from crashes with drug-impaired drivers leapt by 89 percent from 2010 to 2015.

Last year, 174 people died in crashes in which a driver either tested positive for drugs or an officer determined drugs contributed to the crash. For alcohol, the tally reached 136 deaths, while distracted driving was associated with 51 killed.

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Experts have attributed the increase to a rising prevalence of prescription drug abuse. Officers are also now better trained to detect drug-impaired drivers.

Traffic fatalities in general are on the rise in Tennessee this year, but it is too early to tell how many are drug-related.

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