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Study: Fatal Car Crashes Involving Marijuana Have Tripled
CBS Seattle ^ | 02/04/2014

Posted on 02/05/2014 2:31:33 PM PST by Responsibility2nd

SEATTLE (CBS Seattle) – According to a recent study, fatal car crashes involving pot use have tripled in the U.S.

“Currently, one of nine drivers involved in fatal crashes would test positive for marijuana,” Dr. Guohua Li, director of the Center for Injury Epidemiology and Prevention at Columbia, and co-author of the study told HealthDay News.

Researchers from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health gathered data from six states – California, Hawaii, Illinois, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and West Virginia – that perform toxicology tests on drivers involved in fatal car accidents. This data included over 23,500 drivers that died within one hour of a crash between 1999 and 2010.

Li reported in the study that alcohol contributed to about 40 percent of traffic fatalities throughout the decade.

The researchers found that drugs played an increasing role in fatal traffic accidents. Drugged driving accounted for more than 28 percent of traffic deaths in 2010, which is 16 percent more than it was in 1999. The researchers also found that marijuana was the main drug involved in the increase. It contributed to 12 percent of fatal crashes, compared to only 4 percent in 1999.

“If a driver is under the influence of alcohol, their risk of a fatal crash is 13 times higher than the risk of the driver who is not under the influence of alcohol,” Li said. “But if the driver is under the influence of both alcohol and marijuana, their risk increased to 24 times that of a sober person.”

Researchers found that the increase in marijuana use occurred across all ages for males and females.

Jonathan Adkins, deputy executive director of the Governors Highway Safety Association, told HealthDay News that marijuana impairs driving in much the same way that alcohol does.

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Gee. Who could have seen this coming?
1 posted on 02/05/2014 2:31:33 PM PST by Responsibility2nd
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To: Responsibility2nd

So if you’re drunk,high and texting, which gets the credit?


2 posted on 02/05/2014 2:33:34 PM PST by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad and lived with his parents .)
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To: Responsibility2nd

What a surprise!


3 posted on 02/05/2014 2:34:06 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Responsibility2nd

No way! Everybody knows it’s a “victimless drug!”


4 posted on 02/05/2014 2:34:59 PM PST by clintonh8r (Don't twerk me, Bro!)
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To: TurboZamboni
I think you've just identified the

Fatality Triple Play

5 posted on 02/05/2014 2:35:06 PM PST by nascarnation (I'm hiring Jack Palladino to investigate Baraq's golf scores.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Now I am wondering if the woman who nearly t-boned me because her face was buried in an Egg McMuffin had the munchies.


6 posted on 02/05/2014 2:36:15 PM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Buckeye McFrog

You ain’t seen nuthin till your down on McMuffin and your’re sure to be changin your ways.

Crash this way...


7 posted on 02/05/2014 2:43:25 PM PST by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad and lived with his parents .)
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To: clintonh8r

It is as much a victimless drug as alcohol is. Note that even this study does not argue that someone who is on marijuana is necessarily more likely to crash than a driver who is intoxicated.


8 posted on 02/05/2014 2:47:15 PM PST by freedom462
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To: TurboZamboni

She tol’ me to
Crash this way!

Sure, I can see it now. The McMuffin defense.


9 posted on 02/05/2014 2:47:29 PM PST by blu
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To: Responsibility2nd
Just make dope legal and all of our problems will go up in smoke.


10 posted on 02/05/2014 2:48:47 PM PST by Iron Munro ("Show me the man, and I'll show you the crime." - Lavrentiy Beria (& Eric Holder))
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To: Responsibility2nd

Obama says this marijuana is a good thing. I must believe!!


11 posted on 02/05/2014 2:53:33 PM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: Responsibility2nd

This doesn’t surprise me. 30 years ago, I would come home from work, smoke half a joint, and sit down behind my pedal steel for a couple hours of serious practicing. but soon I could only take a couple tokes. And then,,,, just one toke made me nervous! I thought, “This is no longer fun and relaxing” and I quit. Today’s pot hybrids are so insanely strong! No thanks.


12 posted on 02/05/2014 2:58:09 PM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Responsibility2nd; All

Not that I want to see people get killed in car crashes, but let social Darwinism swallow the states who legalize marijuana.


13 posted on 02/05/2014 3:00:21 PM PST by Amendment10
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To: Responsibility2nd

Yeah, what a shocker....


14 posted on 02/05/2014 3:00:57 PM PST by DouglasKC
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To: Responsibility2nd

15 posted on 02/05/2014 3:01:19 PM PST by Ken H (What happens on the internet, stays on the internet.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

I’m stunned!

As I keep telling people, 50% of the drivers in severe injury accidents involving teenagers in Florida test positive for (high concentrations of, i.e., recent use) marijuana. And it’s not even legal yet.


16 posted on 02/05/2014 3:05:04 PM PST by livius
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To: Responsibility2nd

The numbers could have been much higher but many of those who were high on pot couldn’t find their cars and took a cab home.

CC


17 posted on 02/05/2014 3:06:39 PM PST by Celtic Conservative (tease not the dragon for thou art crunchy when roasted and taste good with ketchup)
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To: Ken H

Looking at the chart, the death rate peaked at the end of Prohibition and then began a multi-year decline.


18 posted on 02/05/2014 3:12:45 PM PST by Ken H (What happens on the internet, stays on the internet.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Correlation is not causation. For years, the surprising statistics were that marijuana users were far less likely to be involved in vehicle accidents.

It was attributed to the physiological effects of the drug, which led marijuana users to drive slower and more carefully. Almost exclusively, when a marijuana impaired driver was in an accident, they had also been drinking alcohol.

This current study just shows that they had marijuana in their system, which can be there as much as two weeks after use, though after a few hours it no longer intoxicates.

In the study itself, the “tripling” is that of causative effects, in that in 1999, a mere 4% of accidents cited that marijuana was a causative factor, which has now risen to 12%.

This means about 1 in 8. So what were the causative factors in the other 7 in 8?


19 posted on 02/05/2014 3:14:26 PM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy (WoT News: Rantburg.com)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Collateral damage for a liberal world.


20 posted on 02/05/2014 3:16:22 PM PST by Mark (Obama Care is now DEMOCRAT CARE)
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To: Responsibility2nd; Grampa Dave; Amerigomag; tubebender; dixiechick2000; Ernest_at_the_Beach

Waaaaaaaahooooooooo!!! Let’s all go crazy and just smoke dope like mad, irresponsible fools!!! Waaaaaaaahoooooooo!!! (just like Slim Pickens ridin that nuke down the chute in Dr. Strangelove)


21 posted on 02/05/2014 3:16:31 PM PST by SierraWasp (Democrats these days are the "Glitches" in America's way of life and culture!!!)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy
For years, the surprising statistics were that marijuana users were far less likely to be involved in vehicle accidents.

Usually too stoned to get off the couch.

22 posted on 02/05/2014 3:18:45 PM PST by Fledermaus (If we here in TN can't get rid of the worthless Lamar, it's over.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

But you have to admit, at least they were mellow.


23 posted on 02/05/2014 3:24:18 PM PST by Gaffer
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To: Fledermaus

You forgot the ever present urge for munchies and a local quickie mart.


24 posted on 02/05/2014 3:25:11 PM PST by Gaffer
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To: TurboZamboni

Well played!


25 posted on 02/05/2014 3:31:05 PM PST by MortMan (Is a delayed shower a "stay of exablution"?)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Yeah, DUH!


26 posted on 02/05/2014 3:35:11 PM PST by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: Gaffer

Pizza delivery.


27 posted on 02/05/2014 3:35:54 PM PST by Fledermaus (If we here in TN can't get rid of the worthless Lamar, it's over.)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

See # 6.

McMuffins.


28 posted on 02/05/2014 3:38:36 PM PST by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad and lived with his parents .)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Uh oh. This is gonna start some s#!+.
:-X


29 posted on 02/05/2014 3:53:34 PM PST by KGeorge (Till we're together again, Gypsy girl. May 28, 1998- June 3, 2013)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

“Correlation is not causation.” That’s right. As the old saying goes, Drunk Drivers Kill People; High People Just Miss Their Exits. These so called “Studies” can be easily manipulated to obtain the desired results. This particular study doesn’t ring true. Personally,I would be more concerned with the millions of people loaded up on legal psychotropic medications than a person who has used marijuana.


30 posted on 02/05/2014 3:54:16 PM PST by 426cuda
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To: Responsibility2nd

When will MAPS (Mothers Against Pot Smokers) speak out? Are they not MADD enough?


31 posted on 02/05/2014 3:58:00 PM PST by PGalt
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To: Ken H

Facts? We don’t need no steenking facts!


32 posted on 02/05/2014 4:08:34 PM PST by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: PGalt

MAPS? That’s all we need. The insufferable MADD was bad enough. If it was up to MADD anyone suspected of DUI would be immediately executed by the roadside. No need of a trial or due process.


33 posted on 02/05/2014 4:23:00 PM PST by 426cuda
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To: Responsibility2nd

Ever seen a government funded study not find a problem that needs to be solved?


34 posted on 02/05/2014 4:26:45 PM PST by tacticalogic
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To: Fledermaus

But they don’t deliver Funions and Hoo-hoos. :o)


35 posted on 02/05/2014 4:27:18 PM PST by Gaffer
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To: Responsibility2nd

Compare the trend in accident rates, between states with legal marihuana vs. those that still have prohibition.


36 posted on 02/05/2014 4:29:14 PM PST by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: Responsibility2nd

So the Seahawk fans are also switching from “recreational” pot to “medical” marijuana like the Bronco fans? Thanks Mr. Leno! That was funny stuff. LOL!


37 posted on 02/05/2014 4:33:19 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (ObamaCare. The "global warming" of healthcare plans.)
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To: Gaffer

Hmmmmmm, need to add those to the menu!


38 posted on 02/05/2014 4:33:47 PM PST by Fledermaus (If we here in TN can't get rid of the worthless Lamar, it's over.)
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To: 426cuda

: )

http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/404216/Carry-Nation

https://www.google.com/search?q=carrie+nation&client=safari&rls=en&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=yNjyUqGhFq6ayQGS3IDYDg&ved=0CAkQ_AUoAQ&biw=1920&bih=898


39 posted on 02/05/2014 4:39:02 PM PST by PGalt
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To: PGalt

Excellent link PGalt. : ) smile back to ya!

Speaking of MADD, if a legally sober driver is involved in a traffic accident in which another legally sober person is killed, and the person killed happened to drink one beer 30 minutes prior to the accident, the NHTSA will classify that fatality as alcohol-related, and MADD will use that particular fatality to bolster its numbers in an effort to persuade the legislature to enact tougher laws to curb drunk driving.

That is just one of the dishonest means MADD uses to manipulate and falsify statistics. Sounds a lot like the way this study was done.

MADD, in pursuit of nationwide sobriety checkpoints, is partly responsible for the asterisk that was assigned to our Constitutions Fourth Amendment, which protects Americans from unreasonable search and seizure.

I’m fed up with losing my hard fought for and hard won constitutional rights because of some “do-gooders” pet agenda.


40 posted on 02/05/2014 4:52:11 PM PST by 426cuda
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To: tioga

Self ping for homework.


41 posted on 02/05/2014 4:53:25 PM PST by tioga (Every knee shall bend, every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.)
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To: Responsibility2nd
Well color me SURPRISED!!!

I hope only those people that WANTED legal pot are harmed.

42 posted on 02/05/2014 4:53:37 PM PST by Ann Archy (Abortion......the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: Responsibility2nd
Well color me SURPRISED!!!

I hope only those people that WANTED legal pot are harmed.

43 posted on 02/05/2014 4:53:42 PM PST by Ann Archy (Abortion......the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: livius

And, even if dope were ‘legalized’ here in FL, those KIDS would still be doing something ILLEGAL.

Kids sure don’t have a problem getting alcohol, smokes, etc., so what’s one more step forward from the nanny State on ADULTS if it helps ‘just one child’, right?!


44 posted on 02/05/2014 5:38:44 PM PST by i_robot73 (Give me one example and I will show where gov't is the root of the problem(s).)
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To: Responsibility2nd

It bereaves me that I will probably not live to see the unconstitutional war on some drugs thrown into the fascist dustbin of history. In the words of Captain Redlegs from The Outlaw Josey Wales, “Doin’ right ain’t got no end.”

That cold-blooded sentence is the motto of every tyrant — indeed of most rulers — in the world. That belief is ancient: both Jesus and Aesop noticed that tyrants always call themselves benefactors. As it is with rulers (who are the most prolific killers of all), it is with murderers: all must justify what they do, rationalize it to themselves. Murderers do their crimes for their own selves; rulers always claim it is for the greater good. “I’m from the government,” goes the old but scarily true joke, “and I’m here to help you.” You may think you are, but, no, you’re not!


45 posted on 02/05/2014 5:40:23 PM PST by 426cuda
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To: 426cuda

“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.” C.S. Lewis


46 posted on 02/05/2014 7:01:22 PM PST by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad and lived with his parents .)
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To: Responsibility2nd

It’s the car’s fault. Just say no to automobiles!


47 posted on 02/05/2014 7:06:51 PM PST by petitfour
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48 posted on 02/05/2014 7:08:59 PM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: TurboZamboni

Wow! That was good and so very true. Excellent quote. Words of wisdom indeed. C.S. Lewis really cuts to the quick of the matter.


49 posted on 02/05/2014 7:17:56 PM PST by 426cuda
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

>> Correlation is not causation.

It’s time to retire this cute, meaningless expression.

Anything that impairs perception, responsiveness, and control is likely a contributing factor to car crashes.

Nervous, weary drivers are just as dangerous as reckless drivers.


50 posted on 02/05/2014 7:22:16 PM PST by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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