Drugged Driving

Drugged driving is the act of operating a motor vehicle on a highway while being impaired by any drug. Drugs can be legal or illegally obtained or used. AAMVA members are responsible for administering programs and policy to combat drugged driving to enhance highway safety. These programs include enforcement of drugged driving laws, administration of rules and policies to take action against driving privileges for those convicted of drugged driving violations, and to establish programs to deter drugged driving.   
 
In 2018, AAMVA developed the Ignition Interlock Program Best Practices Guide to assist jurisdictions in the administration, development, design, and standardization of ignition interlock programs. As of 2018, every U.S. jurisdiction makes ignition interlock devices available within the construct of an administrative, judicial, or hybrid program. 
 
AAMVA has partnered with Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) to raise awareness and collaborate on issues related to drunk driving policy and enforcement. MADD is a non-profit organization whose mission is to stop drunk driving, support the victims of this violent crime, and prevent underage drinking.

AAMVA's Comprehensive Highway Safety Policy Position recommends AAMVA members support and become actively involved in national, state, and local initiatives directed at intoxicated and drugged driving and that increased efforts be initiated to identify, regulate, and control these problem drivers. AAMVA's Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol and/or Drugs Policy Position supports the implementation of a management policy that establishes impaired driving offenses as a top priority for enforcement and administrative sanctions, supports training programs to enhance skills in detecting and apprehending impaired drivers, and encourages policies that support timely pursuit of search warrants for blood whenever a suspected impaired driver refuses to voluntarily submit to a breath or blood test.

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