NORTH LAS VEGAS -- A new national study found motorists are more likely to be cited for driving while impaired due to drugs rather than alcohol.
The number of motorists arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol dropped roughly 30 percent from 2007 through 2014 but there was a 4 percent increase in drivers who tested positive for drugs, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Marijuana is the drug most commonly found in the bloodstream of impaired drivers.
The study didn't elaborate on these trends but 65-year-old former drug addict Ronnie Murray said Monday he's not surprised.
"I started using heroin when I was 11 years old," Murray said. "I have done just about anything I could to kill myself."
That includes getting behind the wheel while under the influence of drugs.
"It's like having a loaded gun just pointing and shooting and you don't know who you are going to hit,” Murray said.