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There are many awareness campaigns and programs in place to prevent drunk driving in Hollywood and across South Florida as well as across the country. Drugged driving gets less attention, but it is an equally serious problem. It is also more pervasive that many motorists realize.

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Drivers who take certain controlled substances can become reckless and aggressive when driving. Drugs such as benzodiazepines, methamphetamine, cocaine and other substances can affect driving ability. Even over-the-counter or prescription medication taken for pain, allergies and the flu can become dangerous behind the wheel of a car. Some of these over-the-counter and prescription medications can cause dizziness, drowsiness, and other issues which can be hazardous on the road. All of these drugs can lead to impairment which can in turn lead to collisions.

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This Super Bowl weekend, there will be many parties celebrating football and many bars will also have drink specials as well as special events planned. No matter how you plan on watching sports, you will want to make sure you take steps to avoid being in a drunk driving accident in Hollywood or your community. There are several ways you can stay safer this weekend:

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Statistics show that while most teenagers understand the dangers of drinking and driving, an alarming number of teens still choose to drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs. According to one 2011 study, one in four teens stated they would ride with a driver who was under the influence of prescription drugs or marijuana.

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Simply telling your teens about the dangers of drinking and driving may not be enough. But experts say there are ways to get the message across. If you want your teen to avoid becoming involved in a DUI crash in Homestead or your community, consider:

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We all recognize that alcohol is a dangerous drug which causes unsafe driving on the roads. There many educational programs in place to prevent drunk driving and strict rules to prevent anyone with a blood-alcohol level of 0.08 from driving on our streets. There are roadside checks and harsh penalties to catch anyone who drinks and drives.

Most of us are aware of the dangers of DUI. We know alcohol can slow response times, cause bad judgement, and even cause us to fall asleep at the wheel.  However, driving under the influence of drugs can be just as deadly – or even more so.

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The month of April is Alcohol Awareness Month. This month, the National Institutes of Health wants to warn you about the dangers of alcohol to your health and safety. It’s a good time to sit down and talk about drunk driving, alcohol poisoning, and the other dangers that drinking can cause. If you have children, this is a good time to develop a “drive sober” strategy for the whole family.

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Here are a few tips for ensuring that alcohol use doesn’t cause a tragic car accident in Hollywood that could affect you and your family:

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There are many research studies showing that drunk driving is dangerous and leads to car crashes. There are also studies showing that some drugs are dangerous and can cause collisions. The research about marijuana, however, seems to be less clear. Now that Florida residents are considering Amendment 2 and other states are considering legalizing medical marijuana or decriminalizing marijuana, the debate has gained new ground.

Opponents of Amendment 2 have stated that legalizing or decriminalizing marijuana would lead to drugged driving. According to one coalition, Don’t Let Florida Go To Pot, one fourth of all fatal motor vehicle collisions can be linked to marijuana. The statistic comes from a 2011 White House Office of National Drug Control Policy report based on data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) Fatality Analysis Reporting System. The data is based on fatal accidents between 2005 and 2009. According to that research, there were approximately 127,000 fatal car accidents across 50 states between those years and about 78,000 motorists were tested for drugs in these collisions. The research at the time showed that drivers who tested positive for marijuana use increased between 2005 and 2009, rising from 22.6% to 26% before declining to 25.3% in 2009.

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