Drive Baked Get Busted 2018
MARIJUANA AND DRIVING DOESN'T MIX
What You Need to Know About Marijuana and Driving....
What do we know about marijuana use and the risk of car crashes?
Although we know marijuana negatively affects a number of skills needed for safe driving, and some studies have shown an association between marijuana use and car crashes, it is unclear whether marijuana use actually increases the risk of car crashes. This is because:An accurate roadside test for drug levels in the body doesn’t exist. Marijuana can remain in a user’s system for days or weeks after last use (depending on how much a person uses and how often they use marijuana). Drivers are not always tested for drug use, especially if they have an illegal blood alcohol concentration level because that is enough evidence for a driving-while-impaired charge.When tested for substance use following a crash, drivers can have both drugs and alcohol or multiple drugs in their system, making it hard to know which substance contributed more to the crash.
Because driving is such a common activity, it’s easy to forget how you really must stay alert to stay safe. While it may seem like your body goes on automatic when accelerating or changing lanes, your brain is actually in high gear.Drugs and alcohol interfere with the brain’s ability to function properly. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the brain that control your body’s movements, balance, coordination, memory, and judgment. Unfortunately there is very little in the way of accurate THC testing technology. In the future I'm sure things will be developed to monitor and check for marijuana intoxication. Other states are having issues developing this technology to be accurate enough for enforcement. Eventually this technology will be developed. It needs to be in order for proper enforcement to be enacted.
How does marijuana affect driving?
Driving while impaired by any substance, including marijuana, is dangerous. Marijuana, like alcohol, safe driving.
• Marijuana can slow your reaction time and ability to make decisions.
• Marijuana use can impair coordination, distort in problem-solving.
• The risk of impaired driving associated with marijuana in combination with alcohol appears to be greater than that for either by itself.
Is there a legal limit for marijuana impairment while operating a vehicle?
Laws vary from state to state. If you intend to drive, the safest option is not to have any alcohol or drugs in your system at all.
Medical Marijuana is a fairly new industry in Florida. Voter's passed a law allowing some forms of the substance in the state. Only if a certified medical doctor recommends its use. Whether you agree with this measure or not, one thing is certain, medical marijuana effects the users driving according to the CDC. This can be very dangerous for the user and those around the user when they are driving. Driving on marijuana even if its prescribed by a doctor is not okay. It will not be tolerated by law enforcement. Drugged driving is a big deal and will be treated as such. If you are a medical marijuana patient, do not medicate and then get in or on a vehicle and drive. It's that simple and it could just save your life or the life of someone else around you.
Recently we noticed a new campaign in Florida. "Drive Baked Get Busted" was created by the Florida Department of Highway and Motor Vehicles. They took on the responsibility of warning communities across Florida which mean we can be certain that law enforcement will be on it. It's important to remember although the popularization of marijuana is at an all time high, it is still federally illegal. Drugged driving takes too many lives every year and we are glad that the FL DHMV took up the responsibility to alert everyone of the rise in drugged driving in Florida.
Drug-impaired driving is dangerous and against the law
There's a lot going on around you when you drive. You need to be totally focused so that if a split-second – and potentially life-saving – decision needs to be made, you're ready for it.
Drugs affect your ability to react and increase the chance of a crash. Don't get behind the wheel or get in a car with an impaired driver — it's just not worth the risk.
Drugs impair your ability to drive by affecting:
- balance and coordination
- motor skills
- reaction time
- decision-making skills
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