Drug Use (Marijuana) and Driving Impairment
Using marijuana (cannabis or pot) can lead to dangerously impaired driving, according to a three-year study at Swinburne University of Technology in Australia.
Research leader Dr. Katherine Papafotiou of the university’s Brain Science Institute, said those who smoked marijuana were more likely to lane-weave, stop too close to vehicles ahead of them, and make other driving errors.
Most people are aware of the dangers of alcohol-impaired driving but not of the dangers of smoking marijuana before operating a motor vehicle, according to Dr. Papafotiou.
The Institute has now received a grant to examine the effects of methamphetamine and ecstasy use on driving.
- Pot “as dangerous” as alcohol. The Daily Telegraph, October 13, 2006.
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