The increasing frequency of marijuana legalization and decriminalization has brought the concern about potential drug-induced car at accidents in Rhode Island into the limelight. Based on what is currently been observed from the available statistics, driving while impaired by alcohol use has consistently been shown to pose more of a threat to public safety than high driving and stoned driving. High driving is a very serious issue across Rhode Island and Providence Plantations and across the United States. If injured by an intoxicated, drunk or stoned / high driver then contact Rhode Island personal injury lawyer, David Slepkow
More Americans are driving after smoking marijuana
In the data collected by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s 2013-2014 survey, it was shown that the number of drivers found to have marijuana in their systems had ballooned by 50% since the year 2007. The growth in the number of marijuana-affected drivers between 2013 and 2007 had gone from 8.6% to 12.6% between 2007 and 2014. In the survey, it found that 22% of drivers had been found to have taken a form of drug known for being a threat to the safety of users, including both over-the-counter drugs, prescription drugs, and illicit drugs.
Men are more likely to drive while on stoned or high on drugs
In 2014, the National Survey on Drug Use and Health reported that 10 million people aged 12 or older driven while under the form of illicit drug in the past year. The survey’s findings also illustrated that men were far more likely than women to drive while under the influence of any mind-altering substance, with the bulk of impaired drivers being between the ages of 18 and 25.
American and Australian national drug survey reports have shown similar percentages for drivers on drugs
The findings of the 2007 National Drug Strategy Household Survey showed that 2.9% of Australians of 14 years of age or older had reported to have operated a motor vehicle while under the influence of illicit drugs in the year prior to the survey, but this was a reduction from the 2004 and 2001 percentages of 3.9% and 3.3% respectively. These Australian population percentages were close to the results of United States substance abuse surveys, in which it was shown that 4.4% and 4.3% of the American population reported to have driven while under the effects of illicit drugs in 2004 and 2005 respectively.
Drunk drivers pose a greater risk to themselves and others than those who drive after smoking marijuana
In a 2007 study published in the Canadian Journal of Public Health, it was found that drivers with a blood alcohol level of 0.05% were three times more likely to have engaged in reckless driving prior to a vehicular accident compared to those who did not drink but did use marijuana. “A man involved in the car crash death of a Massachusetts State Police trooper pleaded not guilty to various charges Wednesday afternoon… Thirty-year-old David Njuguna of Webster was previously charged with negligent driving and cited with failing to stay within marked lanes and speeding. He faced a judge on new charges, including manslaughter, around 4 p.m.Source: In court, prosecutors said Njuguna was suspected of using marijuana before driving that day – he had picked up four joints from a medical marijuana clinic an hour before the crash. He absolutely denies that he was under the influence of any drugs,” said defense attorney Peter Ettenberg.” Police: Driver Was High Before Crash That Killed Massachusetts State Trooper If you were injured in a Rhode Island car accident by a stoned or drug induced motorist, contact Rhode Island personal injury attorney David Slepkow. A RI personal injury lawyer will help you get the compensation you deserve.