Skip to comments.Study: Fatal Car Crashes Involving Marijuana Have Tripled
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 Universitys 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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So if you’re drunk,high and texting, which gets the credit?
What a surprise!
No way! Everybody knows it’s a “victimless drug!”
Fatality Triple Play
Now I am wondering if the woman who nearly t-boned me because her face was buried in an Egg McMuffin had the munchies.
You ain’t seen nuthin till your down on McMuffin and your’re sure to be changin your ways.
Crash this way...
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.
She tol’ me to
Crash this way!
Sure, I can see it now. The McMuffin defense.
Just make dope legal and all of our problems will go up in smoke.
Obama says this marijuana is a good thing. I must believe!!
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.
Not that I want to see people get killed in car crashes, but let social Darwinism swallow the states who legalize marijuana.
Yeah, what a shocker....
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.
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.
Looking at the chart, the death rate peaked at the end of Prohibition and then began a multi-year decline.
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?
Collateral damage for a liberal world.
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)
Usually too stoned to get off the couch.
But you have to admit, at least they were mellow.
You forgot the ever present urge for munchies and a local quickie mart.
See # 6.
Uh oh. This is gonna start some s#!+.
“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.
When will MAPS (Mothers Against Pot Smokers) speak out? Are they not MADD enough?
Facts? We don’t need no steenking facts!
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.
Ever seen a government funded study not find a problem that needs to be solved?
But they don’t deliver Funions and Hoo-hoos. :o)
Compare the trend in accident rates, between states with legal marihuana vs. those that still have prohibition.
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!
Hmmmmmm, need to add those to the menu!
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.
Im fed up with losing my hard fought for and hard won constitutional rights because of some do-gooders pet agenda.
Self ping for homework.
I hope only those people that WANTED legal pot are harmed.
I hope only those people that WANTED legal pot are harmed.
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?!
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!
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 barons 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
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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.
>> 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.