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CA Drives 2X More Likely To Be High Than Drunk

From the Atlantic Wire:

California Drivers are Twice as Likely to be High Than Drunk

By Esther Zuckerman | November 20, 2012

Drunk drivers are not the biggest problem on California’s roads according to a new survey from the California Office of Traffic Safety. Out of 1,300 drivers who were tested in nine cities on Friday and Saturday nights, 14 percent were found to have drugs in their system, while only 7.3 percent were found with alcohol. Marijuana was slightly more prevalent than alcohol, found in 7.4 percent of drivers…

And by "slightly more prevalent" we mean almost twice as prevalent.

The official line from the director of the Office of Traffic Safety is that the "results reinforce our belief that driving after consuming potentially impairing drugs is a serious and growing problem." …

Which is why the state has allowed the farce of medical marijuana and basically stopped enforcing any laws against non-medical marijuana.

But, at least in the case of marijuana, which is now legalized in some states, there have been questions as to just how dangerous driving stoned is. Maia Szalavitz at Time writes that "Research suggests that stoned users on the road are not as impaired as those who drink alcohol are, and there is some evidence that those who use marijuana, particularly for medical purposes, may be staying off the roads anyway." …

Sure they are. By the way, the same research also states: "Driving within three hours of smoking pot is associated with a near doubling of the risk of fatal crashes."

But we don’t want to bring anybody down, man.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Wednesday, November 21st, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “CA Drives 2X More Likely To Be High Than Drunk”

  1. mcg

    Actually, the 2x refers to all drugs, not just to marijuana. For marijuana alone the difference is indeed slight. Not that this makes me feel better.

  2. Anonymoose

    You see, getting drunk is something only conservative rednecks in pickup trucks do, and must be stamped out. Getting high is, like, exploring your boundaries man. You don’t want to deny someone their right for recreation because it’s, you know, the discovery of self we’re talking about here, the universal awareness…….

  3. BannedbytheTaliban

    The truly frightening thing is that 21%, or almost 1 in 4, drivers was impaired.

  4. yadayada

    14 % pulled over had “drugs” other than alcohol, half of that was pot. plus 7% with alcohol. so hey, even if those pot smokers aren’t as likely to get into and accident, what the F do those others have in their systems?
    hey, don’t worry dude, tweekers aren’t dangerous. man, you just need to mellow out.

    plus there is always the problem of how do cops test for stoned driving?
    there isn’t a breathylizer. eventually they will probably have a urine test with a cut-off, but someone will have to develope a standard that lawyers can’t beat.

    see here
    http://www.ktvb.com/news/regional/180402611.html

    I knew if they passed those laws it was going to be a logistical nightmare for the cops. the larger stations will have to hire full time nurses or EMT in the shop to do the blood draws. small depts. will have to contract with local physicians office or doc in the box or have on-call nurses at hand to respond in the middle of the night to come to the station.
    since the tobacco industry has to pay billions for Public health, I think the pot industry should be taxed as heavily as the marajuana industry. that will pay for all the issues that “no one could have forseen” (but conservatives have been warning about for years)
    with 2 states already legalizing dope, CA will fall in next election.

  5. DW

    plus there is always the problem of how do cops test for stoned driving?

    When you (the cop) approach the suspect vehicle, you keep one hand on your sidearm as a precaution. In the other hand, you carry a bag of munchies…

    • yadayada

      In the other hand, you carry a bag of munchies…

      if only Hostess could have waited a little while longer……
      just move their operations to WA and CO and they could have survived o-bummer’s great recovery


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