According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 2,597 people were killed in United States traffic accidents in December 2010. Impairment from marijuana use is unclear and there is little accurate data reflecting the number of marijuana-related auto accidents.
Georgia's Driving Under the Influence Laws are complex. Georgia DUI injury attorney Shane Smith can sort through the intermingled laws that potentially create complications in a DUI case.
According to a report in The New York Times approximately six percent of drivers tested positive for marijuana when stopped randomly on American highways in 2007. This figure has likely increased as more states have passed legislation legalizing medicinal and recreational marijuana use. Reports indicate that more drivers in Colorado are testing positive for marijuana after fatal accidents since recreational marijuana was legalized.
The Journal of the American Medical Association reports that marijuana impacts a driver's judgment. It estimated that a driver with any measurable amount of THC in the blood stream has twice the risk of being in an accident than a sober driver.
As Georgia legislators look to introduce measures that would legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes, there have been few public discussions about measures to regulate driving while under the influence of marijuana.
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