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.
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.