So not only has the percentage of auto fatalities including marijuana increased in Washington but the number of auto fatalities have increased. Psst. Everywhere else in the country, auto fatalities are declining. But keep telling yourself marijuana is soooooo safe and has nooooooo impact.
Other than death. Lots of them.
Fatal car accidents involving drivers who had recently smoked marijuana doubled in Washington after the state legalized the drug, a study claims.So keep believing Seth Rogen movies. Pot's fine. Legalize it. It's natural so it can't be bad. In fact, smoking is good and driving is bad. We should outlaw driving. Or something. Because that's where the real problem is. Yeah.
Cannabis was found in 17 per cent of drivers behind the wheel in a crash in the state in 2014, up from 8 per cent in 2013. Washington decriminalized recreational marijuana in December 2012.
The spike coincided with a 6 per cent rise in traffic fatalities in Washington, while national figures declined.
The data was released on Tuesday by AAA as the automobile group lobbies states to change the way they test drivers for THC, the substance that makes users high.