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    Study: Fatal Car Crashes Involving Marijuana Have Tripled[W:121]

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    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.
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    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.

    “This study shows an alarming increase in driving under the influence of drugs, and, in particular, it shows an increase in driving under the influence of both alcohol and drugs,” Jan Withers, national president of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, added.
    “MADD is concerned anytime we hear about an increase in impaired driving, since it’s 100 percent preventable,” Withers said. “When it comes to drugged driving versus drunk driving, the substances may be different but the consequences are the same – needless deaths and injuries.”
    Adkins noted that the legalization of marijuana in some states makes these findings important to traffic safety officials.

    “It’s a wake-up call for us in highway safety,” Adkins added. “The legalization of pot is going to spread to other states. It’s not even a partisan issue at this point. Our expectation is this will become the norm rather than the rarity.”
    Li added that police do not have a test as accurate as the Breathalyzer to check a driver’s marijuana intoxication level.

    Study: Fatal Car Crashes Involving Marijuana Have Tripled « CBS Seattle

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    Re: Study: Fatal Car Crashes Involving Marijuana Have Tripled

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    What a surprise-Rocketman

    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.

    “This study shows an alarming increase in driving under the influence of drugs, and, in particular, it shows an increase in driving under the influence of both alcohol and drugs,” Jan Withers, national president of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, added.
    “MADD is concerned anytime we hear about an increase in impaired driving, since it’s 100 percent preventable,” Withers said. “When it comes to drugged driving versus drunk driving, the substances may be different but the consequences are the same – needless deaths and injuries.”
    Adkins noted that the legalization of marijuana in some states makes these findings important to traffic safety officials.

    “It’s a wake-up call for us in highway safety,” Adkins added. “The legalization of pot is going to spread to other states. It’s not even a partisan issue at this point. Our expectation is this will become the norm rather than the rarity.”
    Li added that police do not have a test as accurate as the Breathalyzer to check a driver’s marijuana intoxication level.

    Study: Fatal Car Crashes Involving Marijuana Have Tripled « CBS Seattle
    You know what's not there, whether or not marijuana had anything to do with the crash. Pot says in your system a long time, you could have smoked last week and you'll still test positive. But if you got in a wreck a week after you smoked weed, weed had nothing to do with the accident even though you'll still test positive.

    So not a lot of actual information here, just paranoia and hysteria.
    You know the time is right to take control, we gotta take offense against the status quo

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    Re: Study: Fatal Car Crashes Involving Marijuana Have Tripled

    Quote Originally Posted by Ikari View Post
    You know what's not there, whether or not marijuana had anything to do with the crash. Pot says in your system a long time, you could have smoked last week and you'll still test positive. But if you got in a wreck a week after you smoked weed, weed had nothing to do with the accident even though you'll still test positive.

    So not a lot of actual information here, just paranoia and hysteria.
    Keep thinking that and we (non smokers) will continue reading your obituaries.

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    Re: Study: Fatal Car Crashes Involving Marijuana Have Tripled

    Quote Originally Posted by Rocketman View Post
    Keep thinking that and we (non smokers) will continue reading your obituaries.
    You were never made to read them in the first place, but whatever. It's an interesting individual who would be jubilant over the deaths of others.

    Is this all you have in defense of offering no actual data or properly correlated fact? Seems about right when one hits rock bottom.
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    Re: Study: Fatal Car Crashes Involving Marijuana Have Tripled

    Quote Originally Posted by Ikari View Post
    You were never made to read them in the first place.

    Is this all you have in defense of offering no actual data or properly correlated fact? Seems about right when one hits rock bottom.
    Story already states what most clear thinking people know without having to read it. I could care less if every weed head died since it would be by their own choice.

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    Re: Study: Fatal Car Crashes Involving Marijuana Have Tripled

    Quote Originally Posted by Rocketman View Post
    Story already states what most clear thinking people know without having to read it. I could care less if every weed head died since it would be by their own choice.
    No, it states what most biased people looking to confirm said bias would think they knew.

    What you don't have is actual measurement, actual data, properly analysed to within statistical significance. This is the real problem when the layman thinks himself a scientist.
    You know the time is right to take control, we gotta take offense against the status quo

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    Re: Study: Fatal Car Crashes Involving Marijuana Have Tripled

    Quote Originally Posted by Ikari View Post
    No, it states what most biased people looking to confirm said bias would think they knew.

    What you don't have is actual measurement, actual data, properly analysed to within statistical significance. This is the real problem when the layman thinks himself a scientist.
    And all that will come with time for the doubters lacking the brain cells to realize it on the front end

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    Re: Study: Fatal Car Crashes Involving Marijuana Have Tripled

    Quote Originally Posted by Rocketman View Post
    And all that will come with time for the doubters lacking the brain cells to realize it on the front end
    Maybe it will. But you have none of it now. You have no data, you have no correlations, you have no proper analysis. You have a suggestion which you're running around like it's truth. What's next, the world is 6000 years old? About as much proof. Hahahahah
    You know the time is right to take control, we gotta take offense against the status quo

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    Re: Study: Fatal Car Crashes Involving Marijuana Have Tripled

    Quote Originally Posted by Rocketman View Post
    Keep thinking that and we (non smokers) will continue reading your obituaries.
    That's Like saying it's drunk driving if you were drunk last weekend and got into an accident today... truly asinine.

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    Re: Study: Fatal Car Crashes Involving Marijuana Have Tripled

    Quote Originally Posted by BmanMcfly View Post
    That's Like saying it's drunk driving if you were drunk last weekend and got into an accident today... truly asinine.
    no its not even similar, but thanks for the deflection and posting the drivel

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