New Study Shows Drugged Drivers Do Not Think They Will Get CaughtAugust 5, 2019
As more states move closer to legalizing medical and recreational marijuana, new research shows people in the United States are greatly misinformed about the dangers of drugged driving. In 2018, cannabis-related motor vehicle accidents across Maryland had nearly doubled from the previous year, accounting for more than one-third of all drugged driving car accidents in a single year.
Yet, according to a AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety research project, 70 percent of all Americans do not believe they will get caught driving high. In fact, nearly 15 million reported driving within an hour of getting high. It is important to know more about how marijuana and other drugs impact driving and what we can do to prevent impaired driving. Americans may be choosing to drive under the influence because much is misunderstood about just how cannabis impacts one’s ability to drive safely. Driving under the influence of marijuana is dangerous because the drug can:
- Impair judgement
- Impact coordination
- Slow reaction time
Challenges with Detecting Marijuana Use
Unlike sobriety testing for alcohol, detecting marijuana and other drug use is not as simple. Because marijuana is detectable in blood and other bodily fluids for days to weeks after use, it is not as easy to assess when the driver last ingested the drug. Drivers who believe they cannot be tested for marijuana use are more likely to drive after using.
Enforcing Drugged Driving
The difficulty with testing for marijuana makes enforcement more challenging. In many communities, officers are trained to look for the visual clues of marijuana use, such as swaying, bloodshot eyes, slowed reaction time, and poor coordination. Marijuana use is equally as dangerous as alcohol and other drugs when it comes to driving. Advocates are currently working with law enforcement agencies across the state to raise awareness and train officers to understand and recognize drugged driving. With time, training, and public education campaigns, our awareness of drugged driving will evolve, much like our understanding of how dangerous drunk driving has changed over the past few decades.
Baltimore Car Accident Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Represent Drugged Driving Accident Victims
If you were injured in a car accident involving a drugged driver, the Baltimore car accident lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton can help. If you believe the individual responsible for your accident was on drugs, schedule a free consultation to learn more about your options to pursue compensation for your medical expenses, property damage, and ongoing pain and suffering. Call us at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact us online to get started today.
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