More people are driving while intoxicated, only the substance is not marijuana. Drivers are testing more often as positive for THC, the active ingredient in marijuana. The number of drivers has increased to millions of people across the states driving while impaired. It is not only poor judgment but dangerous to drive while on drugs. The risks of driving under the influence of THC and marijuana can cause a challenging, if not dangerous, the situation for everyone on the road.
When people drive under the influence of marijuana, their judgment, coordination, and other abilities are impaired needed to operate a vehicle safely. Legalization in states is increasing the number of people smoking marijuana, creating a challenge for law enforcement officers sworn to keep everyone safe. Although there is not enough evidence to suggest legalization leads to an increase in the number of drivers who use marijuana while driving, there is a risk to people’s lives by operating cars or motor vehicles while impaired. It is risky because:
- Perception is distorted
- Timing is off
- Reaction times are different
- Side effects last for a while longer than most people realize, influencing the length of time a person is impacted while driving
Cannabis can impair motor coordination, eyesight, and attention. The use of this drug may increase the risk of injury or death while operating a motor vehicle. The risk comes from knowing a person can put others at risk, as well.
Everyone’s bodies react differently to THC in the blood. People involved in car crashes with THC in their blood are three to seven times more likely to be responsible for a car crash than sober drivers. This means a person’s tolerance can vary as to how long marijuana stays in the body. Nobody should drive while under the influence but it is hard for law enforcement to know right away until they are picked up for poor driving on the road. Many more people using medical marijuana or using marijuana legally may lead to an increase in use, which may or may not influence driving risks. The key is to think about the following before smoking marijuana:
- Driving while under the influence of drugs can be dangerous for you and others
- There are legal issues associated with driving under the influence
- People who use marijuana may also use other drugs or drink
- Seeking help for addiction, dependence, or issues with drug use can prevent a tragedy from happening
The key to finding help for addiction lies in seeking support for anything that feels unsustainable, including not being able to control the use of the drugs or feeling like you cannot get enough of the drug. Rehab is a good place e to consider seeking help if you are struggling with addiction to marijuana or other drugs and substances.
Getting help for addiction starts with admitting the need for rehab. If you are ready to quit using drugs or drinking, we are here to help you navigate that journey. For more information on sober living programs for men and women as well as recovery programs, call (877) 377-3702.