More and more people turn to smoking marijuana each year, and many have even turned to synthetic marijuana. After a decade of decline amongst teenagers, marijuana use has now shown an increase with teens. Additionally, marijuana use for all drivers has increased across the board.
This increase in pot smoking is mainly due to the misperception that marijuana is natural and not harmful. Although some states have legalized medical marijuana, it is still important to understand that pot does affect and impair its users, especially their driving abilities. Driving a car after smoking marijuana causes:
- Slowed reaction times
- A likeliness to drift and swerve
- An increase in Georgia crashes
According to a study done by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a marijuana-impaired driver cannot judge distance effectively, cannot determine how much time is needed to stop the car, and perceives that the car is moving slower than the actual speed he or she is driving.
When drivers participate in drugged driving, they are at risk of being in a serious or fatal drugged driving car crash in Georgia and throughout this nation. Due to an increase in education about the dangers of drinking alcohol and driving, most teens understand that drunk driving impairs their ability to drive safely; some teens may know a Georgia drunk driving victim firsthand. However, about one in five teens admit to driving a car after smoking pot, according to a recent study reported in USA Today.
A nationwide census of fatal traffic accidents revealed that deadly accidents have declined in recent years. At the same time, the percentage of drivers who died and who later tested positive for drugs rose 18 percent between 2005 and 2011.
Because of this, officials are seeking for a solution to drugged driving or stoned driving. In fact, the White House has a goal of reducing drugged driving by 10 percent over the next three years and wants to enact a blood-level standard, much like drunk driving, in order to base convictions.
If you are a Georgia drunk driving victim, or if you lost a loved one to a drugged driver, you may have rights to seek justice and compensation for your damages. For more information or to speak with a skilled Atlanta DUI injury attorney in a free consultation, call the Law Offices of Shane Smith at 770-HURT-999 or (866) 979-1629. You may also benefit from reading a copy of our free book, I Was Hit by a Drunk Driver: What Do I Do Next? The Guide for Victims of Georgia Drunk Driving Accidents.