New study highlights role of drug and alcohol use in serious crashes

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Each year, many people look forward to ringing in the new year with family and friends. However, some celebrations include the combination of alcohol and late-night driving—which can lead to fatal accidents.

According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), between 2008 and 2012, January 1st had the highest percentage of alcohol-related vehicle deaths when compared to other days and holidays.

To raise awareness on the dangers of driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released the findings of a new study on drug and alcohol use by road users involved in serious and fatal crashes.

The study takes a closer look at the role of alcohol and drug use in serious and fatal crashes. Seven Level 1 trauma centers across the country participated in the study, including UC Davis Medical Center. Each trauma center examined blood…

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