Aug 022013
 August 2, 2013

marijuana alcohol accidents drivingCourtesy of The Joint Blog

new study published online by the journal Accident Analysis & Prevention has concluded what cannabis advocates have known for years; cannabis is the least dangerous “drug” to consume before driving; alcohol is the worst. In fact, the study found that those with a blood alcohol level of 0.12% were over 30 times more likely to get into a serious accident than someone who’s consumed any amount of cannabis.

Researchers conclude that; “The least risky drugs were cannabis and benzodiazepines and Z-drugs.”

For the study, researchers collected case samples from “severely injured drivers of passenger cars or vans in selected hospitals in various regions of the countries [Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Italy, Lithuania and the Netherlands]. Control samples (N = 15,832) were sampled in a uniform sampling scheme stratified according to country, time, road type and season. Relative risks were approximated by odds ratios and calculated by logistic regression. The estimates were adjusted for age, gender and country.”

This research helps to validate a number of past studies which have found that cannabis doesn’t decrease driver safety, and may in fact increase driving performance for certain people.

The study was conducted by researchers at the University of Copenhagen’s Department of Forensic Medicine, and the Technical University of Denmark’s Department of Transport.

Source: TheJointBlog.Com

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  • Pat Cowdin

    Colorado’s new law that assumes the driver is DUI with a blood THC level of 5 nano-grams/milliliter is a transparent and misguided attempt to placate conservative constituents, not based in science or the experience of traffic enforcement officers, but legislators mostly concerned with covering their backsides. While it is possible to be too stoned to drive safely, the decision to charge someone should be based on their erratic or dangerous driving, not an arbitrary limit with no scientific foundation.