Science says driving stoned isn’t as dangerous as driving drunk
Driving stoned isn’t nearly as dangerous as driving drunk, according to a new study from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration which, just incidentally gave stoners proof to end (or spark?) arguments across the nation.
Ah, yes, while the exact impact of THC is hard to determine, the research showed that driving drunk and driving stoned have different results.
You are nearly 600 percent more likely to crash if you’ve been drinking and get behind the wheel. With THC in your system, you are just 25 percent more likely to crash and that factor nearly disappeared when the study factored in age and gender.
The NHTSA even went so far as to admit that, “[a]t the current time, specific drug concentration levels cannot be reliably equated with a specific degree of driver impairment.” Read: Measuring how much THC is in someone’s blood stream doesn’t correspond to someone’s impairment the same way alcohol does.
But don’t expect this research to win over law enforcement if you’re pulled over, the research won’t be affecting our laws anytime soon.[9 News, Washington Post | photo: High Times]
Article source Death and Taxes Mag
NHTSA study: Driving stoned is much safer than driving drunk
By Josh Miranda