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Drugged driving incidents on the rise

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

It's something everyone on the road should know - drug-related car crash deaths have eclipsed drunk driving fatal accidents.

That's according to a new report released by the Governors Highway Safety Administration and it has advocates sounding the alarm. When you're talking about drugged driving you're basically looking at people on drugs like marijuana. 

And the number of people doing just that looks to be on the rise. "I actually dealt with people in the last week actually. Their children were killed by someone who was high on marijuana."  Loretta Martin-Robinson speaks to anyone who will listen about the dangers of drunk driving.

The Mother's Against Drunk Driving spokeswoman lost her son and two godsons to drunk drivers. But over the last few years, she's seen a startling trend of drugged driving incidents on the rise. 

"It's scary to me because you can still take a life." 

And a new report by the Governors Highway Safety Association backs up what Martin-Robinson is seeing. Drugged drivers have surpassed drunk drivers in fatal crashes.

According to the report, of the people who tested positive for drugs, more than a third of those tested positive for marijuana and nearly one in ten for amphetamines.

Loretta-Robinson says maybe it's time to rethink MADD's message to combat what appears to be a sobering problem.  "When I speak, although it's Mother's Against Drunk Driving I think it should be many against distracted driving."  

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