A National Safety Report released this month shows that 76% percent of those surveyed are concerned about traffic safety under the legalization of marijuana.
Ironically, the same survey showed that 13 percent of drivers actually have driven under the influence of marijuana during the last month. Of the 2,000 plus participants, 14% were between comprised drivers ages 30-34, the largest group in the survey.
On CBS Evening News, Deborah Hersman of the National Safety Council called out people driving under the influence of marijuana and alcohol, She also mentioned states legalizing substances without adequate testing. Watch the video.
Traffic fatalities have been increasing in the last two years, to an estimated 40,000 deaths last year. The previous year a rise in deaths was led by increases in the Northwestern states. Washington, which commercialized marijuana in 2014, had the highest rate of traffic fatalities involving drivers under the influence. The rate more than doubled in 2014.
Hersman mentioned that drivers ages 19-24 seem to be involved in the most risky driving behaviors. We find that many of the crashes caused by stoned drivers involve those ages 17 – 20, below the legal age for marijuana in the states that have legalized. When teens drive stoned, they often have friends with them, leading to multiple deaths at once.
We have published numerous articles on stoned driving.