Violence and Injury Prevention

Drug use and road safety


Publication details

Number of pages: 13
Publication date: 2016
WHO reference number: WHO/NMH/NVI.16.2

Drug use and road safety: a policy brief provides up-to-date information on drug use and road safety to support informed decisions on road safety and drug policies in WHO Member States. Drawing on the growing knowledge in this area over recent decades, the document describes the impact of drug use on road safety and suggests what can be done to reduce drug-related crashes, injuries and deaths on the roads. While reasonable progress is being made on drug-driving research, legislation and enforcement, the document identifies priorities and options for further action, including determining the prevalence of drivers’ drug use and drug-impaired driving as well as the number of drug-impaired road traffic injuries and deaths, developing and establishing thresholds for drug-driving laws and regulations, and integrating drug-driving policies with drug policy frameworks oriented to public health.

Report of the second technical consultation on drug use and road safety

This report presents deliberations of a second technical consultation on drug use and road safety organized by the World Health Organization on 16-17 December 2015 in Mallorca, Spain. The Directorate of General Traffic, Ministry of Interior, Spain, kindly hosted the consultation. The report contains an appendix of background working papers discussed during the consultation.