ST. LOUIS PARK (March 7, 2016) – Throughout the month of March, AAA will be working to raise awareness on the nature of drugged driving and how to prevent it. Only 28% of drivers consider driving under the influence of prescription drugs a very serious threat. In comparison, 56% consider driving under the influence of illegal drugs a very serious threat.
Twitter users are welcome to share their questions on drugged driving using the #DruggedDriving hashtag. Later this month, AAA Minneapolis will film and release interviews with members of local law enforcement addressing the public’s concerns.
AAA Driver Training Instructor Mike Torkelson cautions that “mixing of any types of drugs (legal, illegal, prescription, over-the-counter) can cause a synergistic effect, which means that the combined effect of multiple drugs are greater than the sum of their separate effects.”
Drivers should be proactive and further research how their prescriptions could interact with their driving at AAA’s confidential Roadwise RX website (http://www.roadwiserx.com/).
AAA Minneapolis will have expert speakers available for interviews on drugged driving. Bios of two speakers are blow. For interview requests, please email Sabrina Caprioli at SCaprioli@AAAMinneapolis.com.
Seamus Dolan, Community Services Specialist, AAA Minneapolis
Seamus Dolan leads AAA Minneapolis’s community outreach efforts for safety awareness and advocacy. His work centers on the AAA Foundation for Safety and the Safety Patrol, which supports 170 schools in Hennepin County. Seamus is also the Towards Zero Deaths Legislative Issue Area Leader on Teen Driving. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Minnesota. Seamus is a lifelong Bloomington native.
Mike Torkelson, Driver Training Instructor, AAA Minneapolis
Mike Torkelson is a Classroom and Behind-the-wheel Instructor at AAA Driving School-Minneapolis. He has been a part of AAA Driving School-Minneapolis since its inception in 2012, and has worked as an instructor for teen drivers and also commercial vehicle drivers since 1995. His hobbies include sports, computers and reading, especially military aviation history. He lives in Plymouth, MN.
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