We all know not to drink and drive, but smoking and driving isn't any safer either!
This should be a no brainer, but a study published in the British Medical Journal found that marijuana nearly doubles the risk of car crashes!
The U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse says that marijuana is the most common illegal drug detected among impaired drivers, fatally injured drivers and crash victims.
So sad some people STILL think it's okay to drive impaired under the influence of ANY drug. While alcohol has shown to impair drivers' speed and reaction time, cannabis affects spatial location, so high drivers may follow cars to closely because of their inability to properly judge distance.
What's worse is that researcher Mark Asbridge noted "people under the influence of cannabis often deny feeling impaired in any way." He continued to explain:
"There clearly is a lot of misconception about the extent to which cannabis impairs performance. People just don't believe it."
Well, believe it people! After all, the reason people like smoking it so much is because it impairs them! DUH!
While pot may not harm your lungs to the extent cigarettes do, it WILL increase your chances for hurting yourself and somebody else in a car accident! PLEASE, do NOT drive high!
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