View Full Version : Auto crashes are on the rise in marijuana states

06-23-2017, 08:38 PM
(Coming to a Canada near you soon...)

A new study finds an increase in accident insurance claims in three states that have approved the sale of marijuana for recreational use.

According the Highway Loss Data Institute, the number of vehicle collisions reported to insurance companies in Colorado, Oregon and Washington is 3 percent higher than what would have been expected if those states had not made it legal to buy pot.
"We're concerned about what we're seeing," said Matt Moore, the institute's senior vice president. "We see strong evidence of an increased crash risk in states that have approved recreational marijuana sales." While Moore's research finds a greater crash risk, his study does not say if the increase in collisions in the three states were directly caused by drivers who were high. The study also did not look at highway fatality rates in the states that legalized marijuana. To determine whether collision rates are higher now in Colorado, Oregon and Washington than they would be if recreational pot use was still illegal, the institute compared the collision claim rates before and after legalization with the collision claim rates of comparable states where pot is still illegal. For example, Colorado was compared to Nebraska, Utah and Wyoming. After crunching the numbers, the institute said collision claims since marijuana was legalized are up 16 percent in Colorado, 6.2 percent in Washington and 4.5 percent in Oregon. "Colorado has had legal pot sales the longest and it is showing the greatest effect," said Moore. "Meanwhile, Oregon has had pot sales for the shortest amount of time, so its increase is the lowest, but that could change over time." The study comes as more states are considering legislation to approve pot sales. Opponents say legalization will lead to a number of problems including the increased likelihood of people driving under the influence.

Since Colorado and Washington became the first states to approve cannabis for recreational use, the question of whether high drivers are getting into more accidents has been suggested, but never definitively proven, partially because there is not a field sobriety test to check drivers specifically for marijuana.
Moore said another reason it's hard to determine exactly how many accidents are caused by stoned drivers is that drivers testing positive for having THC often have alcohol in their system as well. "We're concerned about impaired driving in general," said Moore. "Marijuana just layers on top of other impairments like alcohol."


06-23-2017, 08:43 PM
news flash..... they have no evidence, medically or otherwise that anyone was under the influence.... but hey, lets blame drugs

06-23-2017, 09:07 PM
Driving while twoocked on the pots or blatzed on bong injections is most dangerous. Please please take a minute to review the educational film I've posted about the whores of the devils lettuce and driving.

06-24-2017, 12:06 AM
Ahh yes, I remember when I too used to get twoocked on the pots. Lucky for me though, I never got blatzed on the much more highly addictive bong injections, or I might have been the subject in one of these educational films about my whores.

06-24-2017, 09:26 AM
There might be more collisions but they'll be much slower speed collisions lol.

06-24-2017, 09:58 AM
Be prepared for a hike in insurance rates next year, when Trudeau makes pot legal. Whether pot is a factor or not, the insurance companies will use it for a reason to double our rates.

06-24-2017, 02:12 PM
Funny that Colorado State Troopers claimed there was no increase in drivers "impaired" after the State legalized it....

06-24-2017, 02:14 PM
Funny that Colorado State Troopers claimed there was no increase in drivers "impaired" after the State legalized it....

If they are anything like the RCMP or the OPP....

06-24-2017, 05:19 PM
Funny that Colorado State Troopers claimed there was no increase in drivers "impaired" after the State legalized it....

The stats were not suggesting more impaired as they say they are not able to accurately test. It only states that accidents have increased after legalization, which I assume was not expected (maybe up until legalization they were going down or going up at a certain rate). It makes sense even if not more will smoke, you have removed the risk of being caught therefore people will be less careful about being caught so they will be more open about using it and that will include driving.

06-24-2017, 06:02 PM
Maybe they need to list "rolling a joint" as one of the ways to be a distracted driver.