Driving High. Is It Safe?

driving-high-1I’ve read a number of articles on the effects of marijuana when operating a motor vehicle. Several things stand out. 1) All agree that marijuana use can, to some extent, impair ones psychomotor skills, divided attention, lane tracking, and cognitive functions. 2) Driving under the influence of alcohol poses a more deadly threat than driving under the influence of marijuana. 3) It is near impossible to determine the degree of impairment in a driver as the drug can stay in your system for weeks. But 4) the bottom line is,”Drivers should never get behind the wheel impaired, and we know that marijuana impairs judgment, reaction times and awareness,” said Jeff Michael, the NHTSA’s associate administrator for research and program development.

So the next time someone says that driving high is safer than driving drunk, tell them that although that is an accurate statement, getting behind the wheel high places them, their passengers and anyone on the roadway in danger.  In this case, safer just doesn’t cut it!