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    Drugged drivers no more likely to get into accident than sober drivers

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    Not making any judgment calls, just posting this because usually studied like this are never released...


    Drugged drivers just as safe as sober drivers, study finds | Local & Regional | KIMA CBS 29 - News, Weather and Sports - Yakima, WA

    NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION -- A new federal study shows that drivers who have used pot are just as likely to get into a crash as sober drivers.

    The study was performed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in Virginia and compared more than 3,000 drivers in the area who were involved in an accident with over 6,000 control drivers who were not in an accident.

    The NHTSA’s study found that after adjusting for demographic factors, as well as alcohol use, marijuana users were not at a higher risk of crashing than sober drivers. The study also found that drivers were at a much higher risk of crashing after consuming alcohol than marijuana.

    The crash risk study is the first large-scale study of its kind in the United States that includes drugs other than alcohol.

    The research team responded to crashes in Virginia over a 20-month period, seven days a week 24-hours a day.

    After a driver involved in a crash was added to the data the researchers returned to the site of the crash on the same day of the week, at the same time, and traveling in the same direction to get another driver not involved in a crash that could balance out the research.

    The report found that nearly 8 percent of drivers who crashed had marijuana in their system. Compare that with nearly 6 percent of the control drivers (those who didn’t crash) who also had marijuana in their system.

    Demographic factors like age, sex, gender, and ethnicity were found to account for an increase in crash risk as well. The study also found that if a driver with pot in their system was also a young male; their crash risk may have been related to their age and gender rather than their use of pot.

    Gordon Trowbridge, spokesman for the NHTSA, told The Seattle Times that there are many studies like these for alcohol and marijuana based studies are few.

    “We have decades of data on alcohol…and it’s easier to interpret. It has less complex effects than marijuana,” Trowbridge told the Seattle Times.

    The NHTSA plans to do more studies like this one in the future.The full study from the National Highway Traffic Administration can be found here.

    Link to PDF with the full study:
    http://kimabim.s3.amazonaws.com/8121...Crash_Risk.pdf
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    I dunno, as someone who used to smoke, I would never have felt comfortable behind a wheel while doing it (so I never drove while high).
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    Hmm...well it's still a mind-alternating drug. I'd feel a lot safer if people drove completely sober. Like, if it were legal in CA for people to drive while high, I would be pretty nervous.
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    So at any given time, 6 percent of the drivers in VA have pot in their system? Interesting.
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    I thought this said the duggars were in an accident
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr.VinoVet View Post
    I dunno, as someone who used to smoke, I would never have felt comfortable behind a wheel while doing it (so I never drove while high).
    Doesn't mean your driving is safe just not more likely to get into an accident. One reason is stoned people more likely to drive slower.
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    I guess my only question is... Are they really driving while high or just driving while have THC in their system? Cause I'm fairly certain that the high goes away long before the THC. Where as your BAC directly relates to how drunk you are at that moment, generally.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andie View Post
    I guess my only question is... Are they really driving while high or just driving while have THC in their system? Cause I'm fairly certain that the high goes away long before the THC. Where as your BAC directly relates to how drunk you are at that moment, generally.
    I believe they used a saliva test. They also did not use carboxy-the as a positive result, because it is inactive.
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