Study: Drivers Under the Influence of Pot Involved in More Car Crashes

Study: Drivers Under the Influence of Pot Involved in More Car Crashes

POSTED: Monday, February 13, 2012 - 4:36pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, February 14, 2012 - 2:40pm

A new study warns that driving under the influence of marijuana could have deadly consequences.

The study marks the first time researchers have looked at the risks of marijuana on driving, separately from alcohol and other substances.

The results show that drivers who use pot within three hours of driving are almost twice as likely to be involved in a car crash.

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A driver with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.10 or greater is seven times more likely to be involved in a fatal motor vehicle crash than is a driver who has not consumed alcoholic beverages, and a driver with an alcohol concentration of 0.15 or greater is about 25 times more likely.

On 29-Nov-2011, a study was published by University of Colorado Denver Professor Daniel Rees and Montana State University Assistant Professor D. Mark Anderson showing states that have legalized medical marijuana experience fewer fatal car crashes compared to states that have not. The researchers suggest that there may be fewer fatal drunk driving accidents in those jurisdictions because more people may be choosing to smoke marijuana instead of making the dangerous choice of consuming alcohol.

The problem with these studies is that it does not take into account the people that do both "smoke" marijuana and "drink" at the same time (and trust me, I have known and or heard of plenty of people like this in my life, from schoolmates to co workers even). Last thing this country needs is to have marijuana detection devices in police cars besides the alcohol testers already in place.

You don't need a study to know that! For those that argue about legalizing marijuana use should now realize that the last thing we as a society need are users driving cars after having smoked pot as evidenced by this find. Pro Marijuana advocates should also not argue that users don't "drive and use". I also hope that potheads will now stop with all this pro legalizing nonsense and instead focus on rehabilitating themselves and or helping to better society instead.

if you don't need a study what are you basing your claim on to begin with?... your calling prolegalization nonsense, when in reality you are being very ignorant and biased on the claims your making. it would be a good thing even for the government...when i drive and smoke i drive really fukin if i get in an accident its not going to be all horrible like they make it sound...bunch of dumbassess!..

You're right I shouldn't say pro legalization is nonsense, I should just say it is one of the dumbest things to ever consider. And of course I am being biased on my opinion. Why should I let a drug user/s make and or agree too change the laws of this my country??? Just because you claim to drive slow when you "smoke" does not make me (any other person in their right mind set for that matter) feel in any way more confident to allow this legalization "law" to pass.

When have you heard of a car crash caused by marijuana here in el paso????Never!!They should legalize marijuana and unlegalize alcohol...You will see that there will be more peace and love in this earth not to mention lesser accidents on the streets....Not to mention more money on sales for the government....ALCOHOL KILLS...MARIJUANA HEALS......

Like I said before; marijuana users should not argue that they won't "use and then drive". As it is marijuana users are already "breaking the law" by using marijuana and once it is legalized who can really guarantee that they won't break the law again and do this now? It is better to prevent this than paying for it later.

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