Survey: 70% don't believe driving while high will result in an arrest
The latest annual traffic safety survey from AAA (the American Automobile Association) has arrived, and it has some interesting findings about what people think about the relationship between cannabis and going out on the road. The biggest result is that 70% of people taking the survey didn’t believe that driving after using cannabis within the past hour would result in an arrest. We’re here to tell you, as The Elegant Stoner, that that’s just not true. Driving while high is illegal even in states where cannabis is legal, and if you’re lucky, you’ll get arrested while driving high — if you’re unlucky, you’ll get in an accident and die.
It’s true that cannabis is healthier than other drugs like alcohol or prescription pain pills, but it’s definitely not any safer to drive with (though people still do that quite a bit). 1.6% of people taking the survey believe that it’s ok to drive drunk (that’s not true either), but the number jumps up to 7% when you ask if people are ok with driving after smoking cannabis. AAA also says that 6.6% of respondents admitted to driving within an hour after using marijuana — still lower than the amount of people who admitted driving drunk, but definitely not any more safe.
The traffic effects of legalization are still being examined: While cannabis-involved fatalities did fall in Colorado after legalization, other studies have found that car accident numbers are slightly higher in Colorado, Washington, and Oregon (states that have legalized). It’s still early, of course, but there are definitely signs that people are driving while high, and that’s no good.
Fortunately, according to the same AAA survey, 70% of people felt driving after using cannabis was dangerous, and 81% agreed it should be illegal to do so. Wish granted: Even in states where cannabis is illegal, it’s definitely illegal to operate a moving vehicle under any sort of drug-related impairment. We love cannabis and use it all the time, but you should never drive while high under any circumstances, whether you believe it’s safe or not.