Category Archives: Driving

Stoned and Drunk is a Deadly Combination

It’s Not Either Or — Many Drivers are Both Stoned and Drunk

Read Part 1  For Ansley Rayborn, 14, it was a fatal decision to go into the car with another teenager who had been drinking and smoking pot.  Ansley was a freshman at Chiles High School in Florida.   She was spending the night at a friend’s house when the two girls met up with other kids.  The 15-year-old driver was stoned, drunk and only had a learner’s permit.  Ansley died while the driver and three other teens escaped from the crash with minor injuries. Continue reading Stoned and Drunk is a Deadly Combination

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Is Stoned Driving an Alternative to Drunk Driving?

Recent Deaths Poke Holes in Theory that Stoned Drivers are Slower

Wouldn’t you rather have your teenage son driving stoned? Isn’t it better than drunk-driving?  Now, seriously, please think about it.  This argument is one that the pro-marijuana activists have posed, and they’re serious.  Teen boys will be reckless and thoughtless, after all. They’re out for a good time and weren’t you at that age?

The stoners tell us that they’re extra careful and slow when they drive stoned.  Drunk drivers drive too fast, they say.  After all, they have been practicing it for years, making them “better” drivers when they’re stoned because they have to be more attentive.

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Joseph Beer’s car split in two and hit a tree as friends Darian Ramnarine, 18, Peter Kanhai, 18, Chris Kahn, 18, and Neal Rajapa, 17, were killed, on the Southern State Parkway in October, 2012. Photo: CBS New York.   Photo on top is from a crash in Seabeck, Washington, that killed 3 teens. Photo: Komo News

Our stories illustrate that parents must insist your children not ride in the car with someone who has been smoking potContinue reading Is Stoned Driving an Alternative to Drunk Driving?

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Marijuana and Pedestrian, Cyclists Deaths

Ramming into People at Bus Stops, on Sidewalks

A 65- year old driver rammed into pedestrians waiting at a bus stop in Vallejo, California on June 19. The mother of a 4-year-old girl was killed quickly, while the daughter and 4 others waiting for the bus were injured. The matter is still under investigation. Early reports said the driver had recently left a medical marijuana dispensary and he had pot on him.

On June 10, a driver in Ferndale, near Bellingham, struck and killed two Windward High School students on the sidewalk Continue reading Marijuana and Pedestrian, Cyclists Deaths

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Pedestrian Deaths Soar in Vancouver with Legal Pot

A driver was stoned when he hit 7-year old Cadence Boyer on Halloween in Vancouver, Washington. She died two days later. The car had jumped the curb when it crashed into the trick-or-treaters. The little girl’s mother and her 6-year old friend were also hospitalized, but survived. The friend’s mother ended up in intensive care and was in critical condition. It wasn’t a fun way to spend Halloween, and for Cadence there will be no more Halloweens.

The driver, 47-year old Duane C. Abbot told police that he smokes two to three grams of marijuana a day, and that he had smoked about a few hours before the crash.  Where is MADD Continue reading Pedestrian Deaths Soar in Vancouver with Legal Pot

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