Driving High Just as Dangerous as Driving Drunk
New statistics in Washington state, where marijuana has been legalized, is showing that stoned driving can be just as dangerous as drunk driving. Fatal accidents involving drivers who are high on marijuana have climbed since the legalization of the drug, prompting officials to warn the public of its dangers.
Fatal car accidents involving drivers who were considered to be under the influence of marijuana soared to 17 percent in 2014. The number of fatal crashes involving marijuana was 8 percent the year before. Peter Kissinger, CEO of the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, said, “The significant increase in fatal crashes involving marijuana is alarming. Washington serves as an eye-opening case study for what other states may experience with road safety after legalizing the drug.”
It is thought that devising a test that will indicate which drivers are under the influence of the drug will be difficult. As a driver’s blood alcohol content increased, driving becomes more impaired. This is not necessarily true when it comes to marijuana. Some people have no decrease in driving function despite high levels of THC in their system, while others are considered highly impaired with low amounts of the substance coursing through their bodies.
While there is some debate over the facts released by the group, motorists are cautioned that despite its legality, marijuana does cause impairment. Drivers who get behind the wheel after smoking or ingesting marijuana are putting themselves and others at risk.
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