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Drugged driving more common than drunk driving among college kids

According to a recent study, which surveyed college students in Wisconsin, drugged driving is more prevalent than drunk driving. Researchers surveyed over 300 students attending college in Wisconsin and Washington to determine the frequency with which they get behind the wheel after drinking or using marijuana.

The study — published in JAMA Pediatrics — also found that college men were more likely to drive under the influence than college women. During the month prior, 44 percent of the men indicated they had driven while under the influence of marijuana — in comparison, just 9 percent of college women reported driving after using marijuana.

While 44 percent of the men reported driving after using marijuana, only 12 percent indicated they had driven after consuming alcohol during the previous month. In addition, only 3 percent of the college women surveyed reported driving after drinking during the month before.

While more college students reported driving after using marijuana than alcohol, the frequency of alcohol use among the students surveyed was higher than marijuana use. In all, 67 percent of the college-aged men used alcohol, while just 30 percent used marijuana during the previous month. Similar statistics were seen among college women, with 64 percent reporting alcohol use and 13 percent reporting marijuana use during the month prior.

Fight drunk and drugged driving charges in Wisconsin

In Wisconsin, the penalties for drunk or drugged driving convictions can be severe.

Individuals in Wisconsin can face drunk driving charges if their blood alcohol concentration is at or above .08 percent. In addition, those under 21 years of age must maintain absolute sobriety.

Motorists can face drugged driving charges in Wisconsin if they have a "detectable amount of a restricted controlled substance in their blood."

Upon conviction of drugged or drunk driving in Wisconsin, an individual may face fines, jail time and license suspension or revocation. The penalties are typically higher if a minor — aged 15 or below — was present in the vehicle at the time of the incident. In addition, the penalties increase when an individual has prior convictions for impaired driving.

If you or someone you love has been charged with drunk driving or is facing charges of drugged driving in Wisconsin, you should take steps to protect your interests. In such cases, an experienced criminal defense attorney will make certain a strong defense is mounted on your behalf.

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