Per Se Drugged Driving Laws and Traffic Fatalities

39 Pages Posted: 15 Dec 2012

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D. Mark Anderson

University of Washington - Economics

Daniel I. Rees

University of Colorado Denver; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Abstract

The Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) recently announced a goal of reducing drugged driving by 10 percent within three years. In an effort to achieve this goal, ONDCP is encouraging all states to adopt per se drugged driving laws, which make it illegal to operate a motor vehicle with a controlled substance in the system. To date, 16 states have passed per se drugged driving laws, yet little is known about their effectiveness. The current study examines the relationship between these laws and traffic fatalities, the leading cause of death among Americans ages 5 through 34. Our results provide no evidence that per se drugged driving laws reduce traffic fatalities.

Keywords: drugged driving, per se laws, traffic fatalities, marijuana

JEL Classification: I10, I18

Suggested Citation

Anderson, D. Mark and Rees, Daniel I., Per Se Drugged Driving Laws and Traffic Fatalities. IZA Discussion Paper No. 7048, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2189786

D. Mark Anderson (Contact Author)

University of Washington - Economics ( email )

Seattle, WA
United States

Daniel I. Rees

University of Colorado Denver ( email )

Campus Box 181
P.O. Box 173364
Denver, CO 80218
United States

National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

1050 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States

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