At this time of the year, drivers are accustomed to hearing the plea â€śdrive safely and defensively.â€ť
Of course, that reminder is appropriate every day of the year.
But information contained in a June 1 Wall Street Journal article adds additional urgency to the message about staying alert during summertime driving.
Hereâ€™s the main point of the article, which deals with a report from the national Governors Highway Safety Association:
Forty-four percent of car drivers killed in crashes in 2016, and who were tested, had positive results for drugs, up from 28 percent in 2006.
Also according to the report, more than half of all positive-testing deceased drivers in 2016 had marijuana, opioids or both types of drugs in their bodies.
Every person who gets behind the wheel of his or her vehicle this summer should harbor concern regarding the driving condition of every other motorist he or she encounters.
The drugged-driving numbers tied to fatalities suggest that most motorists at some time will have to react to a questionable maneuver or driving error by someone impaired by illegal substances in his or her system.
Donâ€™t relax your guard at summerâ€™s end, either.