Drugged Driving Data Sources

This project will develop a white paper that will build upon the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA's) Research Note on the limitations of the agency's Fatality Analysis Reporting System ("Understanding the limitations of drug test information, reporting, and testing practices in fatal crashes," DOT HS 812 072, 2014). The paper will discuss the strengths and limitations of databases that provide information on drugged driving and will include data that comes from other potential databases such as NHTSA’s Drug Recognition Expert Database, the Monitoring the Future Survey, the National Survey on Drug Use in Households, and the Drug Abuse Warning Network. The target audience is criminal justice personnel, researchers, and policy makers at all (federal, State and local) levels who need to understand the scope of and know how to allocate resources to the drugged driving issue. This information will be used to define the extent and nature of drugged driving. The resulting data will provide policy-makers with better information to develop, implement, and evaluate countermeasures to prevent drugged driving crashes, injuries and fatalities. To accomplish this goal, the project will identify and summarize the sources of data on drug use and drugged driving, noting their strengths and weaknesses, and will gather information across databases to determine if it is possible to develop profiles of the drugged driving issue.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This study is being conducted under the National Cooperative Research and Evaluation Program (NCREP), which is administered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and jointly managed by NHTSA and the Governors Highway Safety Association.


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  • Status: Active
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, D.C.  United States  20590

    Governors Highway Safety Association

    444 N. Capitol Street, NW, Suite 722
    Washington, DC  United States  20001
  • Project Managers:

    Smither, Dereece

  • Performing Organizations:

    Volpe National Transportation Systems Center

    55 Broadway
    Cambridge, MA  United States  02142
  • Start Date: 20170301
  • Expected Completion Date: 20180930
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • USDOT Program: Behavioral Safety Research
  • Subprogram: Drug Impaired Driving
  • Subprogram: NCREP

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01641219
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Contract Numbers: DTNH2215V00014
  • Files: RiP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jul 19 2017 10:11AM