According to a recent CNN report, driving while under the influence of marijuana and other drugs is on the rise in the US. The percentage of drivers who tested positive for marijuana or illegal drugs rose from 12.4 percent in 2007 to 15.1 percent in 2013 and 2014, according to a report by the Governors…Details
Re-post from http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/food/the-worlds-weirdest-beer-laws/story-fneuz92c-1226837031908 How often do you see a drunk Scotsman in possession of a cow? Answer: Never, it’s illegal. Planning on getting married after a few in the U.K? Nope, that’s not happening either. Depending on the country you’re in, drinking beer can be a legally confusing business. Here are some of the world’s weirdest…Details
Memorial Day weekend starts today! Be careful out there. Millions of people are preparing to get away for Memorial Day weekend, which marks the beginning of the summer travel season. According to the Utah Highway Patrol, statistics show that the period between Memorial and Labor Day weekends is extremely dangerous on the roads. Troopers call…Details
According to the Utah Highway Patrol, St. Patrick’s Day is now the biggest drinking party day of the year, surpassing he Fourth of July and even New Year’s Eve for drunk driving. This year, local law enforcement and the Utah Highway Safety Office partnered with several bars to spread a creative message to not drink…Details
In the United States, anything over a .08 blood alcohol level is against the law. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that when a driver is at 0.02 percent, they are less able to keep an eye on moving objects and multitask; once the driver hits 0.05 percent, they have trouble steering and…Details
It seems that statistics can always be twisted to make whatever point the group is trying to make and this article is no exception. http://healthyliving.msn.com/health-wellness/fatal-car-crashes-involving-pot-use-have-tripled-in-us-study-finds-1
What this study fails to address, is how many of those who were determined to be “drugged driving” had active THC metabolite versus those who had inactive THC metabolite in their system. It’s interesting because inactive THC metabolite has no impairing affect on a driver. It was once explained to me by a now retired lab analyst that driving with inactive THC metabolite in your system is no more dangerous than driving after drinking water.
So why does this study not specify whether the THC found in the drugged drivers was active or inactive? Because they are trying to argue that drugged driving is more of a problem than maybe it really is. Chances are it’s because the primary metabolite of THC stays in the human body for days, weeks, maybe a month or more. If inactive THC test results were included in the definition of a drugged driver, it would significantly increase the percentage of drugged drivers, thus leading to a falsely high percentage of cases with so called “drugged drivers.”
I certainly don’t agree that it’s OK for someone who is high and impaired by marijuana to be driving, but likewise, I also don’t think it’s OK for statistics to be intentionally misstated in order to mislead the public about the potential problems associated with marijuana use and driving. As more states legalize marijuana, laws and tests will need to be developed to properly distinguish between “drugged drivers” who are actually impaired, versus someone who legally imbibed in recreational marijuana in a responsible manner, and just happened to be driving their car at a later time when they are no longer being affected, but while the THC metabolite still remains in their system.
Interesting article in the Huffington Post, February 6, 2013, regarding a study that found people get drunk faster when using a diet drink as a mixer in their cocktail. Dennis L. Thombs, PhD, of the University of North Texas Health Science Center, found that bar patrons who drank alcohol with diet drinks left the bar…Details