Report States Drunk Driving Down But Drug Use Behind Wheel On the Rise: West Palm Beach Personal Injury Lawyer David J. Glatthorn Comments

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Glatthorn, founder of David J. Glatthorn, Personal Injury Law, weighs in on a Washington Post article about the findings of two National Highway Traffic Safety Administration studies.

I hope the findings of this report remind people that they must do the right thing and stay sober while driving. Drivers can prevent accidents by making responsible choices.

A news report about examining drunk driving and drugged driving statistics should serve as a reminder that motorists should avoid all impairments and drive defensively, said West Palm Beach car accident attorney David J. Glatthorn of David Glatthorn Law.

Glatthorn today commented on a Feb. 8 report in The Washington Post (“Fewer people driving drunk, but drug use on the road is rising.”) The report, based on two studies by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, reveals that the number of drunk drivers has declined by almost a third since 2007, but more drivers are testing positive for marijuana and other drugs.

“As a personal injury lawyer for over 30 years, I’ve represented many victims injured by impaired drivers,” Glatthorn said. “Whether a driver is drunk or high on legal or illegal drugs, the consequences often are the same. An innocent person gets seriously injured or dies because the driver made a reckless choice. I hope the findings of this report remind people that they must do the right thing and stay sober while driving. Drivers can prevent accidents by making responsible choices.”

Glatthorn said drugged driving cases can be difficult to prove, which is why he suggests that victims consult with personal injury attorneys.

“In Florida, as well as in other states, police can determine if drivers are legally drunk by testing their blood-alcohol concentration,” Glatthorn said. “Someone whose BAC is 0.08 or higher is above the legal limit and can be charged with DUI. But in the case of drugged drivers, there is no universally agreed-upon limit when it comes to determining impairment. Whether the accident was caused by a drunk or drugged driver, it’s wise to consult with an experienced attorney who has the knowledge and resources to fight for victims’ rights.”

According to The Washington Post, the NHTSA conducted a 2014 survey and found that nearly 25 percent of people on the road tested positive for a drug that endangered them or others. The Post noted the survey was a voluntary, anonymous effort to collect information from regions across the country. The most recent survey found that 8 percent of drivers on the road on weekend nights had alcohol in their system, and about 1 percent of drivers were over the legal limit. This represents a 30 percent drop from 2007. The Post reported that the number of people with drugs in their system jumped to 20 percent for weekend nighttime drivers in 2014, from 16.3 percent in 2007.

Attorney Glatthorn said the survey indicates that anti-drunk driving efforts are paying off, but more work needs to be done to stop people from driving while impaired by drugs.

“I believe strongly in educating the public about the dangers of impaired driving,” Glatthorn said. “I hope our lawmakers look at these findings and take appropriate action to keep the roads safe for everyone.”

About David Glatthorn Law
David Glatthorn is the sole practitioner at his West Palm Beach law firm. He handles cases involving car accidents, truck accidents, slip and fall accidents, negligent security, wrongful death and other personal types of personal injury cases. David Glatthorn graduated with a B.A. in Political Science from the University of South Florida in 1977 and a J.D. with honors from Florida State University School of Law in 1980. He has proudly served victims of personal injuries since 1980.

Attorney Glatthorn is also a member of the prestigious Million Dollar Advocates Forum, reserved for the 1% of lawyers nationwide who have received a verdict or settlement worth $1 million or more. In addition, David Glatthorn is a Board Certified Trial Lawyer, a distinction achieved by only 4% of Florida attorneys.

For a free case consultation, call (561) 659-1999. To find out more about David Glatthorn, visit

David Glatthorn Law is located at 506 Datura St, West Palm Beach, FL 33401.

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