Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Although everyone is aware of the dangers of driving while intoxicated, there are some drivers that don’t realize that the same applies to driving while under the influence of cannabis. Studies have shown that it can seriously alter a driver’s judgment, perception, ability to think clearly, and reaction time.

According to a 2018 report by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 12 million Americans said they have driven under the influence of marijuana in the last 12 months. The CDC also found that driving while stoned increases the crash risk by 22%. A driver, under the influence of cannabis, is .65 times more likely to be culpable in a fatal accident.

Even though some people have a cavalier attitude of driving after grass, many studies have demonstrated that it can be just as bad as or worse than drinking and driving.

If you are on the Causeway Bridge and see another vehicle driving erratically, please call Causeway Dispatch at 504-835-3116 (or *CP).