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Study: Fatal Car Crashes
Involving Marijuana Have Tripled

CBS Seattle, by Staff

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Posted By:Ribicon, 2/6/2014 8:45:00 AM

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

Instead of deterring impaired driving (I would include playing with cell phones) by making a serious crime of it, our government wants to install tracking devices in our cars.


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Mobyclik, 2/6/2014 8:52:35 AM     (No. 9721509)

And I´m sad to say it´s soon coming to Florida. I was asked to sign a petition for ´mediacal marijuana´ a few weeks ago by some old hippy looking guy outside the post office. I said ´´Your goal is total legalization, right?´´ his reply, ´´Of course.´´

How wonderful, a few beers, a joint and a cell phone...what could go wrong there?

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Reply 2 - Posted by: ruready?, 2/6/2014 8:59:21 AM     (No. 9721521)

Liberals are self proclaimed geniuses that award PhD´s to those that drink their KoolAid.

Hey, libs, we know you are anything but intelligent or wise.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: TunnelRat, 2/6/2014 9:11:26 AM     (No. 9721541)

Impaired driving ought to regulated and punished. No one particularly disagrees with that.

It is the responsibility of the driver to be sober. It is the responsibility of the state to punish those who drive while impaired. Do not take the extra (statist) step of blaming drugs and alcohol instead of the failure of personal responsibility.

If someone wants to get falling down drunk, it is not a problem so long as it is done in private. If someone wants to get ´stoned´, it is not a problem so long as it is done in private. If someone is prescribed major, pain-killing drugs that tend to produce a mental stupor, it is not a problem so long as it is done in private. It only becomes an issue of interest to the state when people take their inebriation out onto the highways.

As OP points out, even fooling with a cell phone results in impaired driving. Are we to try to ban cell phones?

We´ve tried the Constitutional Prohibition of alcohol. It didn´t work. Rather it resulted in organized crime (that is still with us today). We´ve tried the unconstitutional (or at least an end run around the Constitution) War on Drugs. It has resulted in the largest prison population in the world and a militarized police force.

Let´s stop blaming inanimate consumables, and put the responsibility back on the individual user. With rights come responsibility.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: earlybird, 2/6/2014 9:19:00 AM     (No. 9721555)

I remember hearing/reading that it could impair depth perception. That would be a major problem on the road.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Mobyclik, 2/6/2014 9:23:16 AM     (No. 9721570)

#3, all of that won´t make me feel any better while I´m laying in the hospital with my broken body...or worse. You want results for impaired driving whather alcohol or drugs? First time offense, confiscation of vehicle for 30 days. Second offense, 6 month confiscation. Oh yeah, NO freebies if you lose your job cause you can´t get to work. Too damned bad.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: mickturn, 2/6/2014 9:27:45 AM     (No. 9721578)

Too bad this didn´t happen to a certain dope smoker long ago...

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Mass Minority, 2/6/2014 9:46:35 AM     (No. 9721612)

Too many of the pot advocates I know completely ignore the potential harm pot use has on their bodies and on others they come into contact with. Since pot doesn´t actually put you into a blackout coma like alcohol can they assume that it doesn´t impair their physical actions or mental judgment either.

Almost every pot smoker I have ever known considers themselves perfectly capable of driving after smoking pot, no matter how much. Many also hold the strong belief that unlike cigarette smoke (third hand smoke now seen as deadly as smoking?) pot smoke is absolutely harmless.

I am neutral on the question of legalization, mostly because the advocates are not willing to accept that there will be costs, but I am vehemently against "medical marijuana" because of the intellectual dishonesty of these kinds of arguments. Think medicinal is the real goal? Ask a medicinal advocate why pot as a prescription medication should not be regulated, efficacy and toxicity tested in the same manner as every other prescription med.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: ColoWapiti, 2/6/2014 10:04:33 AM     (No. 9721642)

Well, let´s be reasonable. Now that pot is legal in Colorado, I am looking forward to buying all those great hemp products, like clothing, that the potheads spent the last 40 years telling us was the real reason they were for legalization. I mean, what´s a few dead people compared to a really great looking tie dye t-shirt with a peace symbol made out of hemp. C´mon!

Seriously, all the heavy lifelong users I grew up with have many of the issues described in medical articles. Stupid is as stupid does.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: tank, 2/6/2014 11:33:12 AM     (No. 9721786)

Pot not only impairs depth perception, but also reduces reaction times.

I´m always leery of studies like this, and would like to know more. In many of these studies, involving alcohol, it´s considered an alcohol-related death if anybody involved is under the influence. A drunk walks in front of a sober driver: alcohol-related automobile accident.

Several things about this study give me pause, not just the above, but the increase being the same across the demographic groups. I´m suspecting this could be due to more sensitive testing abilities (the results may not have changed much, but the testing is now sensitive enough to catch it).

Having said that, impaired and distracted driving is dangerous. I was once rear-ended by a woman trying to rescue her purse from falling off the seat. Nobody tried to ban driving with purses!

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Reply 10 - Posted by: tomanderson61, 2/6/2014 11:40:33 AM     (No. 9721794)

#5 and #8 you are both right.

I am getting tired of this being turned into some sort of "freedom" issue. It´s not. It´s personal choice when it only affects the individual. It´s not personal when you are running into me, trying to get my kids into drugs, and creating a danger while on drugs--all three of which I have had experience with.

People that come here and spout off on that always are one of two types, either they want to get their pot stash easier and cheaper, or they have a friend or family member who were either a big user or dealer and are in jail.

The "freedom" argument is a joke, as is "medical marijuana". The "hemp products", increased tax revenue, and drop in crime promises are just as bogus. I would have a little more respect--not much--if the drug loons and so called libertarians would just at least be honest--you want to score your drugs for cheap and you don´t want your stoner brother in prison. I get it.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Cor-vet, 2/6/2014 12:24:16 PM     (No. 9721864)

At the rate these hippies and liberals will be killing themselves, maybe it´s a good thing. The problem is all the really good people they kill in the process!

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Rumblehog, 2/6/2014 1:59:42 PM     (No. 9722009)

Alternate headline: "Gene pool being cleaned at increased rate"

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Reply 13 - Posted by: saguni, 2/6/2014 3:55:04 PM     (No. 9722165)

Withdrawal from pot takes at least 6 weeks after the last use...and feels like a "24 hour flu", what many pot users call the slight fever and upset stomach they experience.

One will "test positive" for several days after indulging, and I hope every driver that tests positive suffers adequate consequences. One of the most insidious effects of pot is that users can not tell that they are severely impaired, at least a drunk knows when they are about to fall down.

I would rather see them taken off the roads, than have one of them drive over a member of my family.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 2/6/2014 10:58:36 PM     (No. 9722647)

I don´t want to drive on the highway with anyone ´under the influence´ whether it´s alcohol, drugs or pot or someone applying makeup, texting, or eating lunch while driving.

Pot has ruined many a family and taken money that could have been used for the kids.

Wait until OSHA has figures on workplace accidents of the stoned.

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