Driver Accused of Causing Fatal Car Accident in Joplin Admits to Xanax Use

A single-car crash that took the life of one passenger has Xanax to thank for the drivers poor driving skills. The young driver now admits that taking Xanax after initially denying consumption, according to The Joplin Globe. The driver sped off in the car and crashed in a field in the 1100 block of North Main Street. Once in the field, the car flipped until its undercarriage struck a utility pole in mid-roll and it landed back on its wheels. The Xanax-popping driver is facing charges of involuntary manslaughter.
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A recent survey by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that drivers are continuing to drive while intoxicated, whether it be alcohol or drugs. Many drivers are now using marijuana, cocaine, over-the-counter and prescriptions drugs and then getting behind the wheel.

Our Joplin car wreck attorneys would like to remind drivers that intoxicated driving is still the leading cause of death on the nation's roads.

Nearly 8 percent of drivers had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher during the previous road survey in 1973. The latest survey illustrated a decrease of more than 3 percent.

"I'm pleased to see that our battle against drunk driving is succeeding," said Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. "However, alcohol still kills 13,000 people a year on our roads and we must continue to be vigilant in our efforts to prevent drunk driving."

Unfortunately, previous surveys only searched for alcohol data. The newer 2007 survey screened for other substances, too. The new survey may help to reveal a whole new, and popular way, of participating in impaired driving.

This new survey found that more than 16 percent of surveyed drivers were drug positive during weekend evenings. The survey revealed that the most common drugs were: marijuana (nearly 9 percent), over-the-counter and prescription drugs (almost 4 percent) and cocaine (nearly 4 percent).

"This troubling data shows us, for the first time, the scope of drugged driving in America, and reinforces the need to reduce drug abuse," said Gil Kerlikowske, Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy. "Drugged driving, like drunk driving, is a matter of public safety and health. It puts us all at risk and must be prevented."

The survey also found that the most common time for drivers to be legally drunk was between the hours of 1:00 a.m. and 3:00 a.m.

Aaron Sachs and Associates represents car accident victims in Joplin and the surrounding areas, including Neosho, Carthage, Webb City and Noel. Please feel free to contact us at our Joplin office at 417-627-0066 for a free and confidential consultation. Attorney meetings by appoinment only.

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