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Study: Fatal Car Crashes by Marijuana Smokers up 300% over Last Decade
breitbart.com ^ | 24 Feb 2014 | Robert Wilde

Posted on 02/25/2014 2:31:10 PM PST by BenLurkin

The study draws its conclusions from statistics on more than 23,500 drivers who died within one hour of a crash between 1999 and 2010. The toxicology tests were performed on victims from six states including: California, Hawaii, Illinois, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and West Virginia. While alcohol related traffic fatalities remained steady at 40% throughout the decade, drug related deaths soared from 16% in 1999 to a whopping 28% in 2010.

Significantly, the study cites marijuana use as the leading culprit for the swelling number of drug related traffic deaths, contributing to 12 percent of 2010 crashes. This represents a 300% increase compared with four percent in 1999. The study qualifies the pot statistics by emphasizing that because marijuana stays in the blood for up to one week, therefore, researchers said, "the prevalence of nonalcohol drugs reported in this study should be interpreted as an indicator of drug use, not necessarily a measurement of drug impairment."

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TOPICS: Health/Medicine
KEYWORDS: marijuana; pot; wod; wosd

1 posted on 02/25/2014 2:31:10 PM PST by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin

I don’t know, is it possible to crash while driving 5 mph?


2 posted on 02/25/2014 2:32:20 PM PST by GrandJediMasterYoda (Hitlery: Incarnation of evil.)
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda

On the freeway? Yup!


3 posted on 02/25/2014 2:33:19 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda

5 mph? In the wrong lane? On an interstate? Yeah, probably.


4 posted on 02/25/2014 2:33:43 PM PST by LouAvul (In a state of disbelief as to how liberals destroyed America in a mere 40 years.)
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To: BenLurkin

Why don’t they just say they belong to the Kennedy clan? Obviously drugged driving is legal then.


5 posted on 02/25/2014 2:33:49 PM PST by GrandJediMasterYoda (Hitlery: Incarnation of evil.)
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To: BenLurkin

Sadly the dope user, like a drunk driver, will take others with him or her.


6 posted on 02/25/2014 2:36:51 PM PST by Proud2BeRight
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To: BenLurkin

The problem is that there isn’t a method to determine if a person is DUI with marijuana.


7 posted on 02/25/2014 2:39:47 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: BenLurkin

Likely BS.

Fear texting & talking on a phone.


8 posted on 02/25/2014 2:42:50 PM PST by zek157
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To: BenLurkin
The study qualifies the pot statistics by emphasizing that because marijuana stays in the blood for up to one week, therefore, researchers said, "the prevalence of nonalcohol drugs reported in this study should be interpreted as an indicator of drug use, not necessarily a measurement of drug impairment."

The studys conclusions have nothing to do with the title of the article. Also any test for pot will show for 30 days not the 7 stated in the article. Did Michael Mann write this??

9 posted on 02/25/2014 2:43:27 PM PST by SunTzuWu
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To: BenLurkin
"the prevalence of nonalcohol drugs reported in this study should be interpreted as an indicator of drug use, not necessarily a measurement of drug impairment."

So basically it shows that they detected more people who've smoked pot. Did the people change, or did the testing change (or maybe both)?

10 posted on 02/25/2014 2:44:45 PM PST by tacticalogic
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To: BenLurkin

“... remained steady at 40% throughout the decade, drug related deaths soared from 16% in 1999 to a whopping 28%...”

Remained steady...soared...whopping. No bias there.


11 posted on 02/25/2014 2:49:25 PM PST by EEGator
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To: tacticalogic

Or it shows pot smokers are just really bad drivers and/or have little concern for themselves or others.


12 posted on 02/25/2014 2:49:31 PM PST by petitfour
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To: BenLurkin

There are so many loopholes in this story that I don’t know where to begin. First, in the not so distant past, full scale toxicology tests were not standard operating procedure for every motor vehicle accident that resulted in death. The tests were too expensive and too unreliable for routine use. Thus, we can’t tell from the reported statistic whether there has been am increase in stoned drivers or an increase in testing for stoned drivers. Second, the active ingredient in marijuana — THC — is fat soluble, which means it stays in the body for many, many weeks after the intoxicating effects have long worn off. To the best of my knowledge, there is no reliable test for determining the level of actual impairment from marijuana at a given moment.


13 posted on 02/25/2014 2:51:06 PM PST by Labyrinthos
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To: petitfour
Or it shows pot smokers are just really bad drivers and/or have little concern for themselves or others.

Or that the ER nurses hate them, and they're getting really bad care. The possibilites are endless.....

14 posted on 02/25/2014 2:59:09 PM PST by tacticalogic
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To: zek157

Turning up the tones man.


15 posted on 02/25/2014 3:02:16 PM PST by bmwcyle (People who do not study history are destine to believe really ignorant statements.)
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To: tacticalogic

Or the EMTs smell pot and don’t want to waste an IV bag on any of those people. Yup. Could go on and on.


16 posted on 02/25/2014 3:03:18 PM PST by petitfour
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To: BenLurkin

17 posted on 02/25/2014 3:07:30 PM PST by South40 (Liberalism is a Disease)
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To: petitfour
Or the EMTs smell pot and don’t want to waste an IV bag on any of those people. Yup. Could go on and on.

But I think everybody's already reach the conclusion they were herded to .

18 posted on 02/25/2014 3:08:05 PM PST by tacticalogic
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To: BenLurkin

If you are stopped at a red light, and either stoned or drunk, and you are rear ended and killed by a semi driven by a perfectly sober driver, you become a victim of pot or alcohol. They really mess the statistics up.


19 posted on 02/25/2014 3:22:03 PM PST by Born to Conserve
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To: SunTzuWu
Did Michael Mann write this

This research has a lot in common with AGW research in that there is no grant money in a study showing that all is well. Cook your books to show an epedimic and your in the gravy.

20 posted on 02/25/2014 3:23:22 PM PST by RightOnTheBorder
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To: BenLurkin

Meanwhile some states are rushing into “medical” marijuana.


21 posted on 02/25/2014 3:40:43 PM PST by I want the USA back (Media: completely irresponsible traitors. Complicit in the destruction of our country.)
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To: Born to Conserve

To really mess the statistics up, there’d have to be a lot of such cases. And my guess is not many people are killed by sober drivers while stopped at a red light.


22 posted on 02/25/2014 3:43:07 PM PST by Irish Rose (Will work for chocolate.)
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To: I want the USA back
Meanwhile some states are rushing into “medical” marijuana.

Do you think this article would make people more inclined to allow the federal government more power and authority if they promised to stop it?

23 posted on 02/25/2014 3:46:12 PM PST by tacticalogic
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To: Labyrinthos

“To the best of my knowledge, there is no reliable test for determining the level of actual impairment from marijuana at a given moment.”

Yeah, I think the best test is just a regular old field sobriety test, to judge their reflexes, balance, etc. You can tell from that if they are impaired, but it is very subjective, and it can’t tell you if the impairment is from marijuana or something else.


24 posted on 02/25/2014 3:50:23 PM PST by Boogieman
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To: Irish Rose

The problem is not just a specific situation, but the way they categorize their statistics. A fatality is “drug related” if anyone, even the victim, or a non-driving passenger is found to have drugs in their system. Same for “alcohol related”. If a guy who had 3 drinks and is walking home gets run over by a distracted texter, it is said to be an “alcohol related” fatality. If a sober driver with a stoned passenger gets hit by another sober driver, and someone dies, it’s a “drug related” fatality.

Also, we have no way of knowing how much that sloppy approach affects the statistics, without delving into every case they accounted for and recalculating all the statistics properly.


25 posted on 02/25/2014 3:56:04 PM PST by Boogieman
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To: Boogieman

That makes sense.


26 posted on 02/25/2014 7:15:23 PM PST by Irish Rose (Will work for chocolate.)
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To: BenLurkin

Placemark.


27 posted on 02/25/2014 8:33:04 PM PST by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. CSLewis)
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