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season , law enforcement wants to remind everyone to drive sober . The odds of getting into a collision increase during periods when more vehicles are on the road ( holidays or rush hour ) or when driving conditions are less than optimal ( inclement weather ). Those odds skyrocket with alcohol and / or drugs added to the mix . Excluding alcohol , according to the NHTSA , drug use is a factor in about 16 % of
car accidents .
As with alcohol , marijuana slows reaction time . Drugs like cocaine and methamphetamine can make drivers more aggressive and reckless . Regardless of usage laws , it ’ s illegal in all 50 states to drive under the influence of alcohol and / or drugs .
The most traveled holiday period of the year is Thanksgiving weekend , and DUI arrests are at

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