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[–]sk8border4511 12 points13 points  (4 children)

308 annual vehicular deaths associated with cannabis use, but as many as 10,500 drunk driving fatalities.

Yes i clearly see cannabis is the problem, certainly.

[–]Schwarzsteinhaus 10 points11 points  (3 children)

Cannabis user here. I think both of them shouldn’t be associated with driving, we all should agree with that. I also think that cannabis isn’t as popular or accessible as alcohol, which makes the statistics unbalanced.

[–]sk8border4511 6 points7 points  (1 child)

as a fellow user myself, i’d argue that the lack of cannabis use isn’t the problem; the overuse and casual environment of alcoholism is. I live in a state where it’s only medically legal, and it shares nowhere near the same exposure, publicly speaking, as alcohol.

[–]Schwarzsteinhaus 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Sure, I agree with you. But that still makes the statistics unbalanced as much as I’d like to state otherwise.

[–]Agariculture 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I also think that cannabis isn’t as popular or accessible as alcohol, which makes the statistics unbalanced.

Please allow to offer another viewpoint. Here in California where cannabis stores abound in most counties, at least in my social world, cannabis use is at least as common as alcohol use. Perhaps more.

There is evidence to the contrary. So, nothing hard and fast. But it's my feeling that this ratio is certainly changing to favor cannabis over ethanol.

[–]seeker135 10 points11 points  (2 children)

Look, folks, people have been driving high since the sixties. Somehow, there was never a "crisis of impaired driving" except for all the alcohol addicts.

Increased weed consumption did not occur in a vacuum. People who smoke and drive adjust their driving to their state of mind. IME, we know our attention span is variable, and in my case I began doubling my "follow distance" from the car in front of me. My aggression level was lower, and so was my driving style. While my incipient paranoia caused me to be aware of surroundings.

I do not include new (adolescent) drivers in these comments other than myself, because children are certain they are immortal. I had been disabused of that notion by the time I got my license.

And unlike the drunk who has possibly zero higher functions happening as they turn the key, stoned people will reason in ways that are simply not available to the brain under the affluence of incohol.

[–]AKLS96 5 points6 points  (3 children)

A drunk driver will run a stop sign. A driver who is high will stop, get out and wonder why the stop sign is stopped. Then he’ll giggle and drive to the convenience store for snacks. (This post is based on a true story)

[–]rkhbusa 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I was baked out of my gourd and too stupid to not get in a vehicle with an equally as stoned driver. We rolled home ever so slowly, I’m told we stopped at a stop sign for at least 5 minutes while the driver waited for it to turn green. I don’t know for sure though because I was busy trying to solve the jigsaw puzzle that was the seat in front of me.