Dangers of Driving While High
Posted on 12/07/18: Addiction Recovery \ Addiction Treatment
While drunk driving is a deadly threat, driving under the influence of any illegal drugs also creates risk. In 2014, more than 12.6% of drivers were reported with marijuana in their system. Not only do they risk their own life, but also pose safety risks for others on the road.
Due to the raising awareness about the risks of drunk driving, the number of drunk drivers on roads has significantly decreased over the years. However, not many people are aware of the risks of driving when high on cannabis, prescription drugs, and over-the-counter medicines.
The major reason why people aren’t concerned about a drug overdose is that cannabis is legalized in many states of the US. Moreover, there are no laws for restraining the consumption of prescription drugs. However, keep in mind that driving under the influence is a crime and you can be held accountable for your carelessness.
Rules Against Driving While High
You can take prescription drugs and marijuana at your doctor’s recommendation. However, driving under its influence is unsafe. Many states in the US have started a crackdown on high driving. However, there are still no clear laws regarding what can be deemed as driving under the influence of drugs.
Unlike drunken driving tests, police officers can’t use an on-scene breathalyzer to determine whether the driver is high on drugs. They would rather have to ask the driver to accompany them to the police station for blood tests. Despite that, it’s not always easy to prove that a driver has violated any laws.
In all 50 states in the U.S., it’s a crime to drive with marijuana in your system. Through a blood test, officials can identify THC blood levels. But drivers are manipulating the law that legalizes marijuana consumption. DUI driving laws vary from state to state, and you should understand them before you begin driving.
Driving While High: Risks
It’s never a good decision to drive when you’re stoned. Why risk your own life as well as that of the others when you can travel through alternative commute means such as carpooling, buses, and trains?
Many people claim that they can drive better when they’re stoned. They believe that they aren’t a threat for other drivers and pedestrians since they try to follow the traffic rules as strictly as possible. However, the same story goes for drunk drivers. People claim they drive “better when they’re drunk” or they’re a “good drunk driver”. There is no such thing as being a better driver while under the influence of any substance.
When driving a vehicle, you should have a clear state of mind. Marijuana, however, impairs your judgment. You may not be able to register traffic signs and violate the traffic signal rules due to carelessness. As a result, you may face legal consequences and may get into a road accident.
Marijuana isn’t good for your mental health. Your cognitive skills are badly damaged when you overdose on marijuana. It hurts your memory, learning, and attention abilities for more than 24 hours. Moreover, long-term marijuana use negatively affects your mental health and skill. This is the reason why it’s recommended to stay away from marijuana if you intend to drive your car.
As per a survey that was carried out in Colorado, more than 55% of marijuana users consider it safe to drive under the influence of drugs. There’s no denying that drunk driving is more dangerous than driving while high, where drivers are 10 times more likely to end up in a fatal accident. Regardless, you can’t turn a blind eye to the risks of driving under the influence of any drug. The fact that over half of Colorado marijuana users think it’s okay to drive while using is a scary thought.
Which brings us to our next point: more than 17% of drivers arrested for DUI every year are under the influence of marijuana. The purpose of arresting stoned drivers is to ensure that they don’t cause a fatal accident as well as raise awareness.
As per a research study conducted by Joanne E. Brady and Guohua Li, the consumption of marijuana and other non-alcoholic drugs is on the rise. More than 12.2% of drivers involved in fatal vehicle accidents had consumed drugs before getting into the accident. It must be noted that the relationship between marijuana consumption and the risk of accidents isn’t 100% clear yet: while the injured drivers had drugs in their systems, it doesn’t necessarily mean that they were high at the time of the accident. It does mean that they were high at some point beforehand, and it just goes to show that any drug influence, no matter how small, can have catastrophic results.
Driving under the influence of marijuana is extremely unsafe because it may cause the driver to make irrational decisions. For instance, they may be tempted to switch lanes without precautions, violate traffic laws, fail to maintain a safe distance from other vehicles, and ignore the signs to stop or yield.
Furthermore, what makes it a threat is the fact that these drivers believe that they aren’t impaired and their driving isn’t a safety concern for others. Drug abuse not only tampers with your overall health, but it also makes you more likely to get into a severe road accident. So, if you don’t want to become a threat, it’s crucial for you to eliminate marijuana use and drive in a safe way.
Because the cases of driving under the influence of drugs have been increasing, it’s time the state governments implement more strict laws against driving after the consumption of marijuana and other substances.
Sober Living AZ can help. If you or a loved one has the tendency to drive under the influence, or feel as though your substance use is getting out of control, give us a call. We provide 24/7 assistance and individualized care that will cover each and every element of your concern.
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