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Marijuana Impairs Driving


A recently released study from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) has clearly demonstrated the negative effect that marijuana has on driving performance both individually and in combination with alcohol.

When combined with marijuana, a blood alcohol of 0.07 (not legally intoxicated in most states) gives driving performance similar to that of a blood alcohol of 0.14. The study concluded, "Under marijuana's influence, drivers have reduced capacity to avoid collisions if confronted with the sudden need for evasive action."

Dr. Eric Voth, Chairman of the International Drug Strategy Institute commented, "States which have recently allowed marijuana to be smoked for medicinal purposes could see serious consequences on their roadways as a result of policy changes which allow marijuana use."

David Noffs, President of Drug Watch International stated, "This recent study is cause for serious concern. Millions of young people and adults are smoking marijuana, drinking and driving."


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