Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Although most Americans think that driving while high isn’t that dangerous, according to a recent Gallup poll, drivers who smoke marijuana within a few hours of driving are almost twice as likely to get into an accident as sober drivers.

It’s possible you’ve heard someone state “I’m a better driver when I’m stoned.” That is not true. A major issue with drugged driving is that when a person is high they don’t always realize their judgment is impaired. Marijuana affects reaction time, spatial sense, and perception — all of which are crucial to safe driving. So when a person is driving high, they may end up following another car too closely (and brake too late), make unsafe turns, or misjudge road hazards. Consuming marijuana causes psychomotor impairment and substantial risk to others on the roads. A policy brief by the World Health Organization stated that the influence of cannabis was estimated to be responsible for approximately 8,700 traffic deaths worldwide in 2018.

In the coming years, we may see a move toward the legalization of marijuana. But no matter where you stand, we should all be on the same page when it comes to designating a driver who abstains from ALL mind-altering substances (legal or not).