Marijuana has been legal in California for recreational use since late 2016, and this is bad news for cyclists. According to a Forbes article, drugs have now outpaced alcohol as a primary factor in DUI fatalities.
In 2016, 44 percent of fatally-injured drivers tested positive for drugs—up from 28 percent in 2006. While alcohol DUI fatalities dropped from 41 percent to 38 percent. Of all the drug impaired fatalities, marijuana was present in half of these. Continue reading Marijuana DUI and Bicyclists→
by Phillip Drum, PharmD Today my sister would be turning 63 — that is — if she hadn’t been killed by a stoned driver while on her way to work in 2012. The incident occurred a few months before Washington voters chose to legalize marijuana, without knowing that the guilty driver had used pot before the fatal crash.
Rosemary Tempel, RN, BSN, BC, CQIA was 56 years old at the time. She was driving to work at Virginia Mason Hospital in downtown Seattle, WA. Timothy Durden was speeding in the center turn lane, traveling in the opposite direction while under the influence of marijuana. He was speeding toward a stopped vehicle in a center turn lane. At the last second before striking the stopped vehicle, Durden swerved, directing his Jeep into Rosemary’s car, which was traveling 35 mph in the opposite direction. He catapulted over Rosemary’s car – crushing her and breaking her neck. She had to be cut out of her vehicle.
Durden’s car lost the two front wheels and tumbled down the busy road resulting in an 8-car pile up. When pulling Durden’s vehicle upright, a Seattle police detective saw marijuana and multiple business cards to a marijuana dispensary fall from the vehicle. Continue reading My sister would have been 63 today→
Real statistics of Colorado Marijuana Traffic Fatalities.
Watch this 3 minute video which effectively debunks the news headlines about impact of legalization on Colorado marijuana traffic fatalities.
It is important to note that Radley Balko is a libertarian leaning journalist, which may give his reporting on the issue a distinct bias. His news story “traffic fatalities in Colorado at historic lows” is featured in this video. As they say, you can lie with statistics, and it is always important to read beyond the headlines and seek other sources of news before you inform an opinion on a subject like marijuana legalization.
Here is our Crashes page, with links to more information about the impact of impaired driving due to marijuana.
Parents Opposed to Pot blog also has written some articles about this subject which you can find linked to from their Driving page.