The number of traffic fatalities continued its welcomed downward trajectory last year, falling 3% to its lowest levels since 1949, and a 25 percent drop from 2005, according to U.S. Department of Transportation estimates released Friday.
“If you think about driving on an American road on a Friday or Saturday evening about 16 percent of the vehicles – one in six of the cars – (the driver) will be under the influence of an illicit or licit drug,” Gil Kerlikowske, director of the U.S. Office of National Drug Control Policy, said.
We must be doing something right!
[Note to prohibitionists. If you're going to misuse correlation as causation in every other aspect of the drug war, then we might as well throw this back in your face.]
No, of course I don’t believe that increased numbers of people who test positive for the presence of a drug (which is far different than Kerlikowske’s lie of “under the influence”) is the reason for reduced traffic deaths. But the facts sure don’t help the implied argument that there’s a massive increased epidemic of deaths from drugged driving that the ONDCP is trying to push.