California Drivers Prefer Pot Over Booze
Study finds drivers twice as likely to have drugs than alcohol in system
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 21, 2012 1:11 PM CST
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(Newser) – In California, driving under the influence of marijuana is more common than driving under the influence of alcohol, a new survey finds. Of 1,300 drivers who were tested on a Friday or Saturday night, 14% had drugs in their systems and, for 7.4%, that drug was marijuana—compared to just 7.3% who had alcohol in their systems. As marijuana has gotten legalized in more states, many are wondering if stoned drivers are as dangerous as drunk drivers—and if so, what should be done about it, the Atlantic Wire notes.

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midget_farmers
Nov 23, 2012 7:24 AM CST
They will not want to do to many studies as it will show that stoned drivers are safer, drive slower, and get in fewer accidents than those who are "sober"... so we will have them trying to compare it to booze with no studies to back it up.
Winston_Smith
Nov 23, 2012 6:34 AM CST
I am truly amazed that nobody has even tried to study this as we creep toward pot legalization. Yes, it's harder to figure out than alchohol, but don't we want to know?
backpath2
Nov 23, 2012 6:21 AM CST
Its a sad commentary on modern life that fewer and fewer drivers prefer sobriety.