The Dangers of Driving on 4/20
As we approach 4/20 in the Golden State, it’s important to understand the dangers associated with driving under the influence of marijuana. While some may believe that weed does not impair their ability to drive, studies have shown otherwise. In fact, the number of traffic accidents involving marijuana has risen nationwide. A recent study found that in states where cannabis is legal, there was a 12% increase in accident rates compared to neighboring states where it remains illegal.
It’s also worth noting that 4/20 celebrations themselves have been associated with a higher number of auto accidents. A study by the American Automobile Association (AAA), finds there is a 12% increase in fatal car accidents on this day compared to other days in April. In a post last year about 4/20, we shared an incredible quote from doctors John Staples of the University of British Columbia and Donald Redelmeier of the University of Toronto of the JAMA Internal Medicine Journal. They claim the holiday is, “comparable in magnitude to the Super Bowl in regard to the increase of traffic accidents.”
Driving under the influence of marijuana can affect your ability to react quickly and make good decisions on the road. This is because a person’s reaction time, coordination, and judgment can all be impaired. It can also affect your coordination and perception of distance, making it more difficult to navigate through traffic safely. Additionally, driving stoned makes it more difficult for drivers to judge distance and make other safe driving decisions. This can lead to dangerous driving behaviors such as swerving, speeding, and failure to yield.
If you are planning on celebrating the upcoming cannabis holiday, make sure to have a designated driver or plan to use a ride-sharing service. Under no circumstances attempt to operate a vehicle.
Marijuana Accidents on the Rise
Unfortunately, many people think that smoking and driving is okay. According to a report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the number of drivers involved in fatal accidents who tested positive for marijuana has nearly doubled from 2007 to 2016. In 2016, 20% of drivers involved in fatal accidents tested positive for marijuana.
In California, where marijuana was legalized for recreational use in 2018, there has been a significant increase in marijuana-related accidents. According to a study by the Highway Loss Data Institute, the frequency of collision insurance claims in California rose by 6% following legalization.
4/20 Safety Steps
If you plan on driving on 4/20, it’s important to take safety steps. These steps could ensure your safety and the safety of others on the road. The best way to stay safe is to not smoke or consume marijuana before driving. If you do plan on celebrating, make sure to have a designated driver or plan to use a ride-sharing service. It is best not to attempt driving in this state.
Remember, driving under the influence of any substance, including marijuana, is dangerous and can have serious consequences. Drunk or drugged driving can have devastating effects, from minor traffic accidents to serious injury or even death.
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If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident caused by someone driving under the influence, it’s important to seek the help of an experienced personal injury attorney to protect your rights and obtain the compensation you deserve. At Adamson Ahdoot, we believe that all negligent acts should be brought to justice. Our team of attorneys has more than 100 years of legal experience behind them and has achieved financially beneficial settlements for many clients. Call us at (800) 310-1606 for a free consultation. Let us help you today!
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