Tuesday, 13 November, 2018

Car Crashes Up in States With Legal Pot Use

Cannabis legalization could result in more car crashes: reports Crashes on the rise in states with legal pot, IIHS says
Kenny Thornton | 21 October, 2018, 13:13

The findings were similar: A 5.2 percent increase in crash rates after legalization than before weed was legal in those states.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says states that have legalized recreational marijuana have seen an increase in vehicle accidents. Missouri and Utah could expand medical marijuana, also in November. Driving under the influence of any drug can greatly reduce the safety of both the driver and every person around that driver, because even though marijuana might not wreck your brain in the same way several shots of tequila would, it still messes with important systems like balance and reaction time.

David Harkey, president of IIHS-HLDI, told Automotive News his team has been looking at the issue of marijuana use and crash risk since states started considering the legalization of recreational marijuana a few years ago.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) says crashes have risen in some of the first states that legalized recreational marijuana. The total numbers of 30 states are there who have legalized the use of marijuana especially for the objective of medicines and Oklahoma is the most recent state to join this list.

These findings come as campaigns to decriminalize marijuana gain traction with voters and legislators in the USA and in light of Canada legalizing recreational use of marijuana on Wednesday. Policies and procedures for drug testing tend to be inconsistent, and many states don't include consistent information on driver drug use in crash reports.

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The driver swerved his pick-up truck into the opposite lane and caused a head-on crash.

In a Washington roadside survey, drivers who tested positive for THC were less likely to agree that marijuana impairs driving.

The board called for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to help identify countermeasures that can help with the growing problem of drug-impaired drivers on the road, including developing an oral fluid screening device that can be used by police officers during traffic stops.

The results were presented yesterday at the Combating Alcohol- and Drug-Impaired Driving summit, hosted by IIHS and HLDI at the Vehicle Research Center in Ruckersville, Virginia. "We need it on the types of marijuana that people are actually using and we needed it 10 years ago, unfortunately".

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