TWG has been investigating the dangers of drug-impaired drivers for over a decade. We are currently focusing on the issue of driving under the influence of drugs (DUID). We have on-going efforts in three areas: 1) legislation and policy, 2) laboratory and field studies, 3) deterrence and detection programs.
A rapid saliva drug test in use on the road
TWG staff have considerable experience conducting studies on drug per se laws, police drug recognition training, and measuring the prevalence and demographics of drivers operating vehicles under the influence of drugs. In one pivotal study, TWG conducted a state-by-state analysis of DUID statues in the United States in collaboration with The American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Substance Abuse with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Reports from this study have been widely distributed and are considered seminal references on state DUID laws. In a series of recent studies, TWG has examined the epidemiology of alcohol and other drug use among motor vehicle crash victims admitted to a major trauma center. TWG has also conducted numerous studies regarding the feasibility of using on-site drug testing drives (primarily urine and saliva) at the roadside to assist police officers in detecting drugged rivers.
A saliva collection device
The Walsh Group has published more than 25 articles covering various aspects of the drugged driving issues in the last 12 years.