Starting next month, a national public policy think-tank will begin to gather information from accident scenes about drug use and car crashes in Virginia Beach.

According to, the goal of the $4 million, year-long  study is “to determine how the use of illegal, prescription and over-the-counter drugs affects the likelihood that a driver will be involved in a collision.” Some of the funds allocated in the study will go to pay off-duty police officers to transport researchers to accident locations.

The research team will gather on-site accident data from drivers on a voluntary, confidential basis; drivers will be asked a serious of questions as well as providing saliva and blood samples. Some 2,500 drivers who have been in accidents and about 5,000 who haven’t, will take part.

The Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation, an independent, nonprofit organization focusing on individual and social problems associated with the use of alcohol and other drugs, is conducting the research. Findings are expected to be published in the summer of 2011.The Institute apparently chose Virginia Beach because of its size, the number of accidents within city limits each year, and because local police play an active role in preventing impaired driving.

Unfortunately, while most Virginia motorists drive responsibly, traffic accidents of various degrees of seriousness occur every day in the Virginia Beach/Norfolk area and around the state. If you–or a loved one–-have been injured in a Virginia automobile accident brought about by an impaired driver, you need to know your legal rights. Contact the Law Offices of Richard J. Serpe, P.C., Toll Free 877-544-5323, for a no-obligation consultation.


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