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

(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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