Marijuana impairs judgment, coordination and reaction time. Research studies have identified a direct relationship between blood THC concentration and a lowered ability to drive safely.
WHY IS DRIVING HIGH ON MARIJUANA NOT SAFE?
According to the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration, “Data from traffic arrests and fatalities indicate that after alcohol, marijuana is the most frequently detected substance among those who drive.”
Marijuana use impairs more mental functions and motor skills than physical functions which still makes driving while high on marijuana extremely dangerous.
Marijuana has been shown to impair performance for up to 3 hours on driving simulator tasks.
90% of teens would STOP driving high if asked by their passengers
DRIVING IMPAIRMENTS CAUSED FROM MARIJUANA:
Lack of memory
Decreases reaction times
Decreases hand-eye coordination
Lack of judgment
Distorts time and distance estimation
Reduces the ability to concentrate
WHAT ARE LEGAL CONSEQUENCES OF DRIVING HIGH ON MARIJUANA?
In Michigan, if you get a marijuana conviction, it can delay getting your driver’s license. When convicted, you receive an automatic six month suspension of your driver’s license and heavy fines, along with possible jail time.
COLORADO STATISTICS WITH DRIVING UNDER THE
INFLUENCE OF MARIJUANA
Now that marijuana is legal in Colorado, many wonder what has changed for the state. For 2014, The State Patrol reported that troopers issued 5,546 citations for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Of those, 674 — about 12.2 percent — involved suspected marijuana use, either alone or in combination with other intoxicants. For 354 of those citations — about 6.4 percent of the total, or 1 in every 16 — marijuana was believed to be the only substance involved.
Getting high and getting behind the wheel of a car can get you arrested for a DUI
INSTEAD OF DRIVING HIGH,
DEVELOP SOCIAL STRATEGIES:
Offer to be a designated driver
Have the designated driver take all car keys
Avoid driving to parties where drugs and alcohol are present
Talk to friends about the risks of drugged driving
Find a ride from Uber, Lyft, or other transportation services
DRUGGED DRIVING STUDY
Using the most sophisticated driving simulator of its kind to mirror real-life situations, new research shows that marijuana use impairs one measure of driving performance. Click here to view a video showing the effects of driving performance due to marijuana abuse without alcohol.
In the study, more than 50 percent of participants controlled their marijuana inhalations (called titration) so they had consistent blood THC peak concentrations, regardless of the percentage of THC in the marijuana (2.9% vs. 6.7%). This shows that past driving studies based on cannabis dose rather than blood THC may have missed the importance of dose titration. In addition, it was found that low amounts of alcohol significantly increased peak THC concentrations. Click here to read more about this research study.
If you suspect someone close to you may be showing signs of marijuana abuse or dependence, seek help.
Behavioral Health Services
Catholic Family Services
Child & Family Psychological Services
Desert Streams Pine Rest
Elizabeth Upjohn Community Health Center (addiction)
Family & Children Services Family Health Center
Bethany Christian Services (at risk behavior) Kalamazoo Psychology Psychological Consultants of Michigan Southwest Michigan Behavioral Health
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-Learn about Marijuana- Science- based information for the Public
- Protecting our Kids from Marijuana
- Substance Abuse and Driving in Michigan
- National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
- Marijuana involved in 12 percent of Colorado State Patrol DUI cases