As New Jersey nears the legalization of leisure marijuana, the state is kicking off an consciousness marketing campaign concerning the hazards of drugged and drunk driving.
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The New Jersey Lawyer Basic’s Workplace reported 674 deadly crashes final yr within the Backyard State, up almost 24% from 550 in 2020, in response to the Courier Put up.
Whereas these deadly collisions have been doubtless on account of numerous components, state officers notice that the share of drivers testing constructive for medication after a deadly crash is trending upward whereas the variety of motorists testing constructive for alcohol has remained fixed.
To construct consciousness concerning the hazards of driving impaired, the state is launching a high-profile marketing campaign know as “Wheels Danger.”
The marketing campaign comes because the legalization of leisure hashish within the state is imminent. In November 2020, New Jersey voters permitted legalizing leisure marijuana, however gross sales of the drug haven’t but begun. A number of media experiences say that might change very quickly, with leisure gross sales beginning within the subsequent weeks.
State officers hope the “Wheels Danger” program will remind drivers that impaired driving is reckless driving — and it kills.
Based mostly on a 2020 nationwide examine of a number of trauma facilities, some 56% of drivers concerned in critical damage and deadly crashes examined constructive for a minimum of one drug, in response to the Nationwide Freeway Visitors Security Administration (NHTSA).
New Jersey officers purpose to cut back the harmful impaired driving development and cut back deadly crashes.
Total, 704 folks misplaced their lives in site visitors accidents in 2021 in New Jersey — a 20% will increase over 587 a yr earlier. Furthermore, that adopted a 5.2% enhance in site visitors deaths from 2019 to 2020.
Taken collectively, the variety of crashes and deaths are the best recorded in New Jersey since 2007, experiences the Courier Put up.