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NCJ Number: 200781 Find in a Library
Title: Drugs and Driving: Dangerous Youth or Anxious Adults?
Journal: Journal of Drug Issues  Volume:32  Issue:2  Dated:Spring 2002  Pages:553-566
Author(s): Lorenz Bollinger; Stephan Quensel
Date Published: 2002
Page Count: 14
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article discusses the medical and psychological testing of German youths suspected of driving while under the influence of marijuana.
Abstract: German law stipulates that a driver may be punished with a prison term of up to 2 years for driving under the influence of alcohol or other intoxicating substances. This article presents summaries of several cases of youths imprisoned and fined for driving under the influence, and notes that driving under the influence of cannabis is a significant enough problem to override arguments against the intrusions of drug testing. A table detailing the types of drugs used, by gender, of individuals with and without drivers’ licenses is presented. Questioning 2,244 individuals with drivers’ licenses concerning whether they drive under the influence, the authors conducted a survey in order to ascertain drug-related automobile accidents and other dangers associated with driving under the influence. The authors found that while marijuana use is a common feature in the lives of German youths, traffic accidents associated with cannabis use are low in number. New German driving regulations and traffic actions taken against cannabis users are actually a defensive strategy of fearful adults against German youths. Tables, figures, reference
Main Term(s): Driving Under the Influence (DUI); Reckless driving
Index Term(s): Driving without a license; Germany; Marijuana; Youth (Under 15)
Note: Special Issue: Confronting the Prohibition Model: German Drug Policy in the 21st Century, see NCJ-200770-780, and NCJ-200782-786
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