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February 6, 2014

Why Obama Doesn't Drive


Choom on Barak, choom on.
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.

[...]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.
Story here.

4 comments:

WoFat said...

Duuuuuuuuuuuuuude.

Katy Anders said...

Barack Obama or no Barack Obama, I will never understand why people feel the need to get behind the wheel while messed up on anything. The legality of every activity should not be determined by whether web and rive while doing it, but... Wise up, folks.

sig94 said...

As an LEO I had to respond to many fatal auto accidents, most of them alcohol related. You've been there WoFat.

It is astounding to watch politicians pander to an political faction who wants to increase the incidence of death on our nation's highways.

sig94 said...

Katy - that's a question that many people probably ask themselves after they wake up in a jail cell. Unfortunately the first thing that gets stupid while getting intoxicated are those portions of the brain which control decision making. The science (or medicine?) of this process is beyond the scope of a comments section but it is something that affects us, sometimes profoundly.