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Science says driving stoned isn’t as dangerous as driving drunk

In News by Kristina Monllos / February 12, 2015

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 NewsWashington Post | photo: High Times]

Article source Death and Taxes Mag

NHTSA study: Driving stoned is much safer than driving drunk


By Josh Miranda

A new study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that drivers who smoke weed before getting behind the wheel are no more likely to crash than sober drivers.

This does hold true only after adjusting for age, gender and race.

It also means that high drivers have a significantly lower crash risk than drunk drivers.

Overall alcohol use also increases the possibility of a wreck by 6.75 times.

The Washington Post notes that several states have laws to separate “marijuana-impaired driving” from drunk driving, still handling the two similarly.

You can see the NHTSA’s full report here. [PDF]

Post source KIRO TV

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