Drugged Driving is a Problem in New Zealand
Driving after drug use is not uncommon. Deaths from drugged driving are preventable too.
- A recent NZ Drugs Foundation survey found that 70% of drug users report driving under the influence of cannabis or prescription stimulants.
- Research carried out by the Institute of Environmental Science and Research also found that around a quarter of all drivers and motorcyclists killed in road crashes were found to have cannabis in their system - with or without other substances.
- About 400 Kiwis are convicted of drugged driving a year.
- In 2017, 79 fatal crashes involved a driver who had drugs in their system.
- Studies in New Zealand have found about one in three drivers in fatal and serious injury crashes had some type of drug in their system – mainly cannabis.
- Studies are revealing that cannabis is a significant contributing factor in car crash statistics, especially when combined with alcohol, even in small amounts.
Did You Know?
The law treats controlled drugs and prescription medicines the same because both can impact your ability to drive safely. The law cares about the safety risk to other road users, rather than the drug of your choice.