Where the Breathalyzer won't help

  • Article by: MAGGIE KOERTH-BAKER , New York Times
  • Updated: February 17, 2014 - 9:37 PM

Evidence suggests that the risks of driving under influence of pot different from alcohol.

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la0tsuFeb. 18, 14 7:50 AM

Is the effect of cannabis on driving ability actually significant enough to worry about? This would seem to say no. Alcohol has a clear and large impact. It's the leading cause of fatal car crashes. Cannabis doesn't make the list, except in combination with alcohol. So instead of getting our panties in a bunch over a small risk factor we can't measure, let's concentrate on the real driver of risk.

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johneramone4Feb. 18, 1412:10 PM

Personally, I have no problem with consenting adults using marijuana but if you think that it does not impair one's ability to operate a motor vehicle, you are obviously on drugs.

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davehougFeb. 18, 14 1:08 PM

Ask yourself, have you seen better decisions made while somebody was drunk / stoned or have you seen worse decisions made? How many stoners do you want on your highway in bad weather???

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johneramone4Feb. 18, 14 1:10 PM

I heard years ago they were working on a roadside "spit test" to check for THC levels in impaired drivers. The main problem with that is that when one is under the influence of THC, the phenomenon known as "cotton mouth" impairs the ability to produce saliva.

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Tuy1929Feb. 19, 14 5:27 AM

The combination of alcohol and marijuana is not that unusual, especially with the 16 - 26 group. In those instances one need not be legally drunk to be highly impaired when combining the alcohol with this high-grade marijuana. Very high grade!

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