Studies Say Stoned Drivers Are Safer Than Drunk Drivers
Recently on Feb. 11, 2015 in a news article published by 9 news it was reported that stoned drivers are safer than drunk drivers according to new studies by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). One of the studies reveals that “drivers with a blood alcohol level of 0.08 are 400 percent more likely to get into a car crash than a sober driver.” However, “[d]rivers testing positive for THC are about 25 percent more likely to crash. But, when you factor in demographic information like age and gender, that number drops to about five percent.”
It is obvious from some of these results that the impact THC has on the individual while operating a motor vehicle could potentially be vastly different than an individual with alcohol in his or her system. Even lawmakers are pointing out the possible flaws in evaluating an individual on THC. They believe that the level of THC in an individual’s blood may only be one factor in determining whether the individual is actually stoned. Again, this points to the fact that stoned drivers are safer than drunk drivers according to these studies.
The State of Colorado currently has a statutory level of intoxication for individual using marijuana, which is set at a level of 5 ng of THC per milliliter of blood. However, this too may be difficult to prove whether an individual is stoned or sober. Here in the State of Michigan, the law on driving with THC in an individual’s system is fairly black and white. This statement stands true when discussing recreational marijuana; however, this is not so when speaking to medical marihuana users.
Whenever you are charged with driving while “high” you need a criminal defense lawyer who understands the law and the process. Josh Jones is your Michigan Marihuana Lawyer and specializes in marihuana defense. He always has your back, especially in the days where stoned drivers are safer than drunk drivers, according to recent studies.
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