Federal Study Finds Smoking Marijuana Does Not Increase Risk for Car Crash

Even though there is a great amount of controversy surrounding the issue of driving stoned, a new federal study, which states that using pot before getting behind the wheels of a vehicle does not lead to a higher risk for car crashes, this could force lawmakers to go over their policies again for drugged driving.

A research team from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently set out on a nearly 2 year long mission to to dig deep on the sobriety of some 9,000 motorists for their latest “Roadside Survey of Alcohol and Drug Use by Drivers” report. While the conclusion of the research explicitly determined that alcohol still is a leading contributor in the world of accidents while intoxicated there is no relationship between driving under the influence of marijuana and an increased risk of roadside misfortune.

With consideration to different demographic points, like gender, age, and race, investigators mention that the age of the driver plays a more crucial part in car crashes than pot, even though cannabis users are 25% more likely to be involved in a accident than a sober driver. Yet, by contrast, alcohol is still the leading problem for motorists riding along the great American landscape. The study says that individuals with a Blood Alcohol Level of 0.08 are more than 12 times more likely to driving nightmare on the nation’s roadways.

The research, which is the largest organized in the past 4 decades, defines marijuana intoxication as any driver testing positive for THC. Even though, on the basis of insignificance, investigators did not take into consideration the geography of the motorist, so it is not known whether or not the participants lived in a state with a legal foundation.

Federal officials believe the results of the research should influence additional investigation on cannabis and how it connects to driving while intoxicated in order to ensure the laws are clear and understandable in states where it is legal.

“Drivers should never get behind the wheel impaired, and we know that marijuana impairs judgment, reaction times and awareness,” Jeff Michael, NHTSA’s associate administrator for research and program development, said in a statement. “These findings highlight the importance of research to better understand how marijuana use affects drivers so states and communities can craft the best safety policies.”

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