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17 February 2016

The Hazards of Impaired Driving

For the week of February 21, 2016

The number of drunk drivers on Minnesota roads has decreased this decade, but impaired driving from prescription pills, marijuana and other drugs has increased significantly. Gail Weinholzer and Mark Peterson from AAA Minnesota/Iowa discuss the dangers posed by impaired driving, whether it’s drunk or drugged driving.

  • Part 1

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    (1:14) Number of fatalities caused by impaired driving; (1:33) Minnesota has seen a decrease in drunk driving but an increase in drug driving; (2:15) Factors that affect blood alcohol levels; (3:16) The average BAC for drunk driving arrests is .15; (4:44) Consequences for drunk and impaired driving; (6:10) Cultural shifts regarding drinking and driving; (7:30) Impaired driving due to drug and marijuana use; (8:32) The effects of legalized marijuana on the roads; (10:42) The dangers driving while impaired, whether from drugs or alcohol

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    (:22) How officers are trained to detect impairment from drugs; (2:35) Driving with a prescription marijuana card; (3:25) How legislators should consider marijuana laws in regard to the effects legalization has on the roads; (6:14) The dangers mixing drugs and alcohol; (7:15) Campaigns against drunk driving vs. drug driving; (8:30) The reliability of home/bar tests for blood alcohol levels; (12:27) Resources for more information on impaired driving

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