Monday, February 13, 2012

Stoned Driving - Better than Drunk?

Stoned Driving
Some people swear that they actually drive better after smoking a marijuana; that it clears their head and helps them focus. But a new study confirms that smoking pot and driving isn’t a good idea. According to Canadia researchers, driving within three hours of smoking pot almost doubles your risk of being in an accident that leads to serious injury or death. They found that recent marijuana use was associated with a 92% increased risk of fatal or near-fatal accidents. The risk for minor collisions, however, was not raised significantly – possibly reflecting the fact that many stoned drivers attempt to be more cautious and can therefore compensate for some risks. That compensation may fail, however, when quick reflexes are most needed.