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Originally Posted by A. de Tocqueville
Do you think tests should be developed similar to the breathalizers and States to set limits of 'intoxication' for on the spot checks?
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I did read what you stated.
t's not that there isn't any, its that such reports are rarely, if ever, reported. I personally know someone who was killed due to someone high on pot and driving. They were not driving slow. In fact they were speeding. From what I gathered the guy was so high that he couldn't feel his extremities unless his attention was directly brought to those extremities. So his foot was probably pressed down harder than he realized due to an improperly placed drivers seat. (ie seat was too close to the front for his size) He was also driving a stolen vehicle. Though in his defense he hadn't realized that it wasn't his vehicle in his drug induced state. The owner had left the keys in the ignition and the car was the same make/model/paint job as the drivers car. So it was kind of understandable that the driver had gotten in it. I've made that mistake myself a couple of times and I wasn't even drunk or high but completely sober. But it was also that sobriety that made me realize I wasn't in my car because the inside didn't have the same items in it. And I'm not the only one that happens to. Someone got into my car thinking it was his before also..at least until he got inside lol.
If you've ever been so high on pot that you couldn't feel your extremities, I hope you'll turn me on to your dealer. Must be some good **** since in 50+ years of pot smoking I've managed to stay in touch with my extremities.
What agenda do you think I have? Is it possible I'm just conversing without an "agenda"? I reserve "agendas" for when I get paid.
Let me put my two cents in.
I am a professional driver by trade. I don't drive as near as much as I used to as I run a business and only pinch hit now and again. However I am willing to bet that I have put on more miles backwards then most of you going forwards. The average professional over a 20 year career will put about 2.5 million or more miles on. I have 15 years of driving experience and no accidents. I used to instruct new drivers. I was a safety evaluator for major company. I am stating these facts so that you have an idea how much driving and experience I have under my belt. I AM an expert in these type matters.
Driving impaired is a bad idea. Its simply put a matter of perception time, and reaction time. That's pretty much it. If you ingest something that tends to alters those negatively YOU ARE IMPAIRED and ARE a danger to those around them. If you are tired YOU ARE IMPAIRED. There's very little that helps with perception or reaction. The military has some go pills that simply allow you to LONGER without sleep unimpaired. Those however are restricted to military personnel on active combat duties. I digress. It is NOT a good idea to drive stoned or otherwise impaired, you WILL increase your chances of being in an accident. You have to remember YOU are NOT the only one on the road, there are other people and you have to interact with them with very little if any communication in very short durations. Impairment shortens the time you PERCIEVE a threat and REACT to a threat, now reaction times and perception times are divided by most times by two or more because that's how many drivers involved are reacting and adjusting to their perceptions. Most people have very little, very rudimentary proper driving instruction and a whole lot of basic experience were they have ingrained a lot of habits that are detrimental to perceptions and reactions. When you add impairment it makes things that much worse. Now people can drive impaired successfully and do everyday, however your chances of having an incident are by an order of magnitude increased greatly. Which leads to this, impairment while driving even if you are tired has LEGAL implications if you DO get into an incident. Most if not all those implications are not to the advantage of the impaired driver. And that may cost you your money and or your freedom.
I am very libertarian in my views. I am trained and have trained people in how to drive in a adverse driving environment, so my safety I know how to deal with, as well as my families as they are trained well. So I don't particularly care if you are on the road impaired and will deal with it if you are with me. I don't believe there should laws regarding impairment except when you get into an accident. All that said, I highly suggest to you NOT to drive impaired whether by substance or lack of sleep, its a MUCH less expensive way to drive.
Semper Fidelis, Semper Liber.
Stolen fair and square from the Capt. Courtesey himself.I spit at lots of people through my computer screen. Not only does it "teach them a lesson" but it keeps the screen clean and shiny.
Did you know that if a diabetic has low blood sugar, a reaction similar to being intoxicated, and they get pulled over, they can lose their license permanently? One is a voluntary situation, one is not, yet the involuntary situation carries a stiffer penalty.
Personally, I feel that intoxication, alcohol or pot, should carry an even stiffer penalty than the diabetic. Because you're voluntarily putting others at risk because judgement is impaired.
I don't care if you smoke at home, at a friends house, or someplace like a bar if it were to become legal. That's your choice. Once you take it on the road, your inflicting it on other people.
Building block or stumbling block.... choose.