The LA Times recently reported, in California, nearly 1,000 deaths and
injuries each year are blamed directly on drivers under the influence
of drugs. Law enforcement blames the increase in medical marijuana use
in the last decade. Fatal crashes where drugs were the primary cause and
alcohol was not involved spiked 55% over the 10 year period ending in 2009.
The most recent study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
found that 16.3% of all drivers nationwide at night were on various legal
and illegal impairing drugs, half them high on marijuana.
Thirteen states have adopted zero-tolerance laws, but 35 states including
California have no legal limit and instead rely on the judgment of police
to determine the level of the driver's impairment. Determining impairment
raises complex medical issues about whether residual low levels of marijuana
can impair a driver days after the drug is smoked. One thing is for sure:
As medical marijuana use continues to increase, California will have to
develop comprehensive guidelines for marijuana impairment in order to
keep us safe on the road.
If you, or someone you know, has been injured by someone driving under
the influence of drugs or alcohol, I urge you to call to discuss your rights.
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