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Another View: Side effect? Legalized pot corelating with more traffic deaths Colorado, Fatalities, car crashes

The Post reported a 40 percent increase in the number of all drivers, impaired or otherwise, involved in fatal crashes in Colorado between 2013 and 2016. That’s why the Colorado State Patrol posts fatality numbers on electronic signs over the highways.
“Increasingly potent levels of marijuana were found in positive-testing drivers who died in crashes in Front Range counties, according to coroner data since 2013 compiled by The Denver Post. Nearly a dozen in 2016 had levels five times the amount allowed by law, and one was at 22 times the limit. Levels were not as elevated in earlier years,” The Post explained.
All drivers in marijuana-related crashes who survived last year tested at levels indicating use within a few hours of the tests.
The Post found fatal crashes involving drivers under the influence of alcohol grew 17 percent from 2013 to 2015. Figures for 2016 were not available. Drivers testing positive for pot during that span grew by 145 percent, and “prevalence of testing drivers for marijuana use did not change appreciably, federal fatal-crash data show.”

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Exclusive: Traffic fatalities linked to marijuana are up sharply in Colorado. Is legalization to blame? Colorado, car crashes, Fatalities

The number of drivers involved in fatal crashes in Colorado who tested positive for marijuana has risen sharply each year since 2013, more than doubling in that time, federal and state data show. A Denver Post analysis of the data and coroner reports provides the most comprehensive look yet into whether roads in the state have become more dangerous since the drug’s legalization.

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Driver Arrested for Vehicular Homicide in Crash That Killed Centralia Teen Oregon, car crashes, Fatalities

“The facts of the accident included Mr. Siegler being the driver of a vehicle while under the influence of marijuana,” the Sheriff’s Office said in a press release. “He subsequently crossed the center lane of travel striking another oncoming vehicle.
Siegler was arrested at his home in rural Rochester and booked into the Thurston County Jail.
Siegler referenced the crash and apparent remorse in a June 30 post on his Facebook page, saying he wanted to pay his respects and that “she deserved better than what happened.”
“I swear I'll live my life for you and your family,” he wrote. “I owe it to you. I'm so sorry. I hope to see you one day in heaven, no matter how much I don't deserve it right now, I just hope you can forgive me. I'm sorry in a way I could never describe. I may not have known you. But I love you and all that you've taught me in this short amount of time.”

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Drugged driving crashes surging across Michigan Michigan, Fatalities, car crashes

Drug users now cause almost as many traffic deaths in Michigan as drunken drivers, a trend police blame on prescription drugs, the opioid epidemic and the easy availability of marijuana, medical and otherwise.
Over the past decade, fatal drunken-driving crashes across the state are down 36%, while those caused by people impaired by drugs have risen 263%.

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Nashua man charged with DUI after rollover car crashes

Couture blamed "black ice" despite the nearly 50 degree weather at the time, according to the release. Police said the traveled portions of Pelham roads were clear of snow and ice. Couture admitted to smoking marijuana before driving and performed field sobriety tests. 

 

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Olympic View victims had marijuana in systems Washington, car crashes, Fatalities

Both of the boys who died in a horrific crash on Olympic View Drive in Edmonds over the summer had THC, the ingredient in marijuana responsible for most of its psychological effects, in their bodies.

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The AAA Position: Marijuana’s Effect on Driving AAA, postition statement, statement, driving, drugged driving, Impairment, car crashes, Fatalities

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety analyzed cannabis use by drivers in one of those states, Washington, and found that the proportion of drivers involved in fatal crashes who had recently used marijuana more than doubled after Washington legalized the drug for recreational use. In addition, there’s currently no easy way to test whether a driver is impaired by marijuana: Unlike alcohol, it can’t be determined by breath or blood tests.

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Driver high on marijuana when he killed Portland cyclist will get 6 years in prison Portland, Fatalities, car crashes 8
Feds fund $35,000 giant joint billboard in Downtown Denver to combat pot-impaired driving denver, Feds, Colorado, car crashes 9
Driver in crash that killed state trooper charged with manslaughter car crashes, medcine, Fatalities

The driver involved in the crash that killed a Massachusetts state trooper in March had visited a medical marijuana dispensary and had a half-burnt marijuana cigarette in his car, authorities said Wednesday.

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Stoned Drivers Are Killing More and More Innocent Victims drugged driving, driving, car crashes, Washington, Colorado, Fatalities

Fatal driving accidents have risen 122 percent between 2010 and 2014, according to the Washington State Traffic Safety Commission.

The science is clear and unambiguous—pot is a dangerous substance. It is not like alcohol at all. There is a reason it is classified as a Schedule I controlled dangerous substance, right along with heroin, LSD, and ecstasy. The American Medical Association, the American Lung Association, and other reputable doctors and scientists all reject legalization.

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Impaired Driving And Cannabis AAA, Washington, driving, car crashes, Colorado, Impairment

Fatal crashes involving drivers who recently used marijuana doubled in Washington after the state legalized the drug. Washington was one of the first two states to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, and these findings serve as an eye-opening case study for what other states may experience with road safety after legalizing the drug. 

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Fatal Road Crashes Involving Marijuana Double After State Legalizes Drug car crashes, Fatalities, Washington

The percentage of drivers involved in fatal crashes who recently used marijuana more than doubled from eight to 17 percent between 2013 and 2014.
One in six drivers involved in fatal crashes in 2014 had recently used marijuana, which is the most recent data available.
“The significant increase in fatal crashes involving marijuana is alarming,” said Peter Kissinger, President and CEO of the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. “Washington serves as an eye-opening case study for what other states may experience with road safety after legalizing the drug.”

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Wellington teen's death sparks new marijuana legislation Florida, Fatalities, car crashes

Naomi Pomerance loved music and dance. And judging by the 500 people who turned out for her funeral, the 16-year-old Wellington girl was herself much beloved.
Naomi was killed March 28 when the Honda Rukus scooter on which she was a passenger ran a red light and T-boned a Toyota 4Runner, according to a police report.

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Day crash in Key Biscayne that killed woman Fatalities, car crashes, Florida

Medina's back seat passenger, Daniela Benavides San Miguel, 18, was killed in the crash. Benavides San Miguel had graduated from Gulliver Preparatory last spring and was a freshman at Pepperdine University in California.
A passenger in the front seat, Mathew Saldana, 17, was injured in the crash. Medina and Saldana were taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital's Ryder Trauma Center with head injuries.
According to a court document, toxicology reports showed that Medina tested positive for marijuana.

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DENVER — The Colorado Department of Transportation says traffic deaths rose by 10 percent last year to 545, the highest total since 2008. car crashes, Fatalities, Colorado

DENVER — The Colorado Department of Transportation says traffic deaths rose by 10 percent last year to 545, the highest total since 2008.
 
#NoCoincidence  

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More Washington Drivers Use Pot And Drive; Effect On Safety Disputed Washington, driving, Fatalities, car crashes

Analysis of Impaired Drivers - Three years ago, about 19 percent of the samples contained THC, the key ingredient in pot. This year, that percentage is up to 33 percent.  

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What you should know about marijuana legalization | Your Legal Corner Colorado, car crashes, legalization, Fatalities

According to Kevin Merill, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) officer in charge in Denver, "more and more criminals are moving to Colorado to exploit our drug laws, sell marijuana through the U.S. and line their pockets with drug money."
The Colorado experience is certainly troubling and has not been the panacea purported by legalization advocates.
In 2010, medical marijuana was legalized in Colorado.  In 2012, it legalized marijuana and in 2014 retail businesses began selling it to anyone 21 years or older. The consequences? In 2014, there was a 32 percent increase in marijuana related traffic deaths and since 2010 the number has increased by 92 percent. 

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Governors Highway Safety Association car crashes, Report, GHSA

“Every state must take steps to reduce drug-impaired driving, regardless of the legal status of marijuana,” said Jonathan Adkins, Executive Director of GHSA. “This is the first report to provide states and other stakeholders with the information they need. And we encourage NHTSA to issue guidance on best practices to prevent marijuana-impaired driving. We look to the federal government to take a leadership role in this issue similar to that of drunk driving and seat belt use.”

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Drug use now rivals drunk driving as cause of fatal car crashes, study says car crashes, Fatalities

quadrupling in the use of prescription drugs since 1999, and legalization of marijuana use in some states are cited among the reasons drug use has become an increasing threat to roadway safety, according to a report released today by the Governors Highway Safety Association, an organization of state highway safety officers.

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“Legalized marijuana certainly no panacea ” Colorado, Fatalities, car crashes, usage

The impact of those changes can be seen not just in marijuana sales, but also in lives lost and harmed. In 2014, the report notes, there was a 32 percent increase in marijuana-related traffic deaths in Colorado compared with 2013. Marijuana-related traffic deaths increased 92 percent from 2010 to 2014.
In contrast, the increase in all traffic deaths during that time period was just 8 percent. Had it not been for marijuana-related traffic deaths, the state would have experienced adecline in traffic fatalities.
There's reason to think this problem won't go away soon. According to the report, an estimated 485,000 Colorado adults regularly use marijuana. Adults who consume marijuana almost daily make up the top 21.8 percent of that population — but they account for 66.9 percent of the demand for marijuana.

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Washington Traffic Safety Commission Washington, car crashes, driving

Olympia, WA – Newly released data from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission (WTSC) shows that marijuana is increasing as a factor in deadly crashes. The number of drivers involved in deadly crashes who tested positive for marijuana increased 48 percent from 2013 to 2014. 
“This study is a step towards answering the myriad of questions we have about the impact of legalized marijuana on driving.

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Troopers: Driver in fatal crash had marijuana in system car crashes, Fatalities, Ohio

"According to Ohio Revised Code, the per se limit for marijuana in Ohio is 50 nanograms per milliliter of blood. Young’s test came back at 112.90 nanograms per milliliter, the patrol said."  

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Data released Tuesday indicate that the number of Washington drivers involved in deadly crashes who tested positive for active marijuana doubled from 2013 to 2014 - the first year of legal marijuana sales in the state. car crashes, Fatalities, Washington

Data released Tuesday indicate that the number of Washington drivers involved in deadly crashes who tested positive for active marijuana doubled from 2013 to 2014 - the first year of legal marijuana sales in the state.

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Emphasis patrols to target DUI problem areas through Labor Day car crashes, DUI, Fatalities, Washington

“We have seen marijuana involvement in fatal crashes remain steady over the years, and then it just spiked in 2014,” said Dr. Staci Hoff, WTSC Data and Research Director.
From 2010-2014, nearly 60 percent of drivers involved in fatal collisions were tested for drugs. Among these tested drivers, approximately 20 percent (349 drivers) were positive for marijuana.
From 2008 through 2014, more than 1,100 people died in impaired collisions in Washington. Impaired driving is involved in nearly half of all traffic deaths and more than 20 percent of serious injury collisions. The highest percentage of these deaths occurs during the summer months.

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Stoned Driving Nearly Doubles the Risk of a Fatal Crash car crashes, Fatalities

People who drive within three hours of smoking marijuana are at nearly twice the risk of being in an accident that leads to serious injury or death, compared with sober drivers, according to a new review of the research.
While driving stoned is clearly risky — and combining marijuana with alcohol is even more dangerous — drunk driving remains a bigger hazard on the road. Driving with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 — the legal limit — nearly triples the risk of crashing; a blood alcohol concentration of .10 almost quintuples it. Although drunk driving deaths have dropped by more than half since 1982, they still represent about one-third of all auto fatalities and kill about 11,000 people annually.

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Reckless homicide charges filed in Kokomo crash that killed two sisters car crashes, Fatalities

Police said Johnson initially claimed he wasn't the driver of the vehicle, but eventually admitted both to driving and to using marijuana and alcohol prior to the crash.

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Teen driver admits to smoking marijuana before crash killing 3 Teen, car crashes, Fatalities

Prosecutors said McKay, 17, was going 75 miles per hour in a 45 mile per hour zone at 3 a.m. on Sunday when he lost control of his car killing Luther Wiggins-Stoudemire, 18, Kassidy Clark, 16,  and Jenna Farley, 14.
Prosecutors also said McKay admitted smoking marijuana a little more than an hour before the crash.

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Out-of-county prosecutor to handle Rayborn crash case Teen, car crashes, Fatalities

Party goers saw the driver, who had a learner’s permit, drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana at the house late into the night before, said a search warrant issued to gather evidence as part of an investigation into possible charges of DUI manslaughter, possession of marijuana, possession of alcohol under 21 years old and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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A Bristol man involved in a three-vehicle crash Monday, July 27, on S.R. 15 was found with prescription drugs and more than 80 grams of marijuana in the vehicle he was driving. car crashes

Typical "medical" pot user and drug dealer.

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Six Ways Science Says Marijuana May Hurt Your Health Danger, science, car crashes 2, Brain, addiction, heart, car crashes 31
Official: Cannabis use impairs driving as much as alcohol says first of its kind study while drug's legality continues to spread car crashes, alcohol, impaired

A National Institute on Drug Abuse study tasked stoned participants with driving a highly sophisticated driving simulator.
 
Researchers found that after their blood levels of THC reached a certain point, the drivers weaved similarly to a driver with a BAC of .08
 
The study also found that combining cannabis and alcohol decreased motor skills even more than just one or the other 

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Study analyzes how much pot impairs drivers impaired, driving, car crashes, TODAY, Studies

"But what we've found out is that as alcohol-impaired driving is going down, drug-impaired driving is going up." 

  • THC moves more rapidly than alcohol out of the bloodstream and into the body, making it harder to detect accurately with a blood test.
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Driver strikes six pedestrians, killing one in Vallejo car crashes, pedestrians, car crashes 2

Lt. Kevin Bartlett of the Vallejo Police Department said that marijuana was found in the car and that the driver was at a medical marijuana dispensary in town prior to the crash. While Bartlett said that it’s not certain whether that played a role in the collision, it is being looked at, among other things.

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Nearly 70 per cent of cannabis users report driving under influence: research Australia, car crashes 2, car crashes

He said users' attitudes conflicted with established scientific evidence, showing cannabis increased the risk of motor vehicle crashes by up to 300 per cent.

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Brother charged with reckless homicide in Stevenson crash Colorado, homicide, Fatalities, car crashes

Pedro Moreno, 25, is charged with reckless homicide and aggravated driving under the influence in the crash about 5:35 a.m. Wednesday at the Loomis ramp on northbound Interstate 55. Killed was his brother, Enrique Moreno, 28, who lived with Pedro Moreno

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$55,000 cash bond imposed in unborn child's death impaired, Death, Fatalities, car crashes

 Russell admitted he had smoked marijuana at lunch and again as he drove to pick up his children in Brodhead, the criminal complaint indicates.“All I did was smoke a bowl of marijuana. It's not like I am high,” Russell is quoted as saying in the criminal complaint.“The defendant did not seem to understand that smoking marijuana and driving were illegal,” the complaint states

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Hinesburg Police Report on Fatal Crash Vermont, car crashes, Fatalities

30 nano grams 

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Police: Teen driver who struck, killed Broomfield HS student Chad Britton was high at time of accident Teen, car crashes 2, car crashes, Fatalities

A teen accused of killing 16-year-old Broomfield High School student Chad Britton in a November car accident near the school was driving under the influence of marijuana, according to police.
He got behind the wheel of his car after smoking weed, even though a friend tried to persuade him not to drive, police officers testified at a preliminary hearing Tuesday.
The 17-year-old driver, who authorities have not identified because he is a minor, is accused of killing Britton by hitting him with the car. The teen is suspected of smoking marijuana before the crash, and had only had his drivers license for six days, police testified.

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Drugged driving poses greater highway danger car crashes 2, Fatalities, PA, car crashes, highways 40
NYPD detective killed in Sprain Brook Parkway crash with wrong-way driver who had marijuana in car and may have been drinking: police sources car crashes, Fatalities, NY

Marijuana was found in Moreano’s car and investigators believe booze contributed to the crash, according to a police source.

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Pot and pills the new choice for intoxicated drivers car crashes 2, impaired, Fatalities, pills, car crashes 42
We Save Lives- Drugged Driving car crashes 2, car crashes 43
Pot, alcohol found at scene of fatal teen wreck Teens, Fatalities, car crashes, Florida, impaired, alcohol

#no2pot

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Johns Island crash victim frustrated after man suspected of driving after smoking marijuana avoids jail South Carolina, car crashes 45
Thousands in marijuana seized following chase, crash news article, car crashes, Colorado-0, Kansas

#no2pot

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Police: Crash leads to discovery of hash oil and marijuana car crashes, impaired, news article

#no2pot

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Driver in deadly crash faces manslaughter, marijuana DUI charges Fatalities, car crashes, news article, Alabama 48
40 pounds of marijuana seized after 2-vehicle crash near Wheatland car crashes, Wyoming, news article 49
2014 Florida Traffic Crash Report Florida, car crashes 50
Police: Both Drivers In Double Fatal Crash Were High Colorado-0, denver, car crashes, Fatalities 51
Brad King: Do not let the ‘Colorado Calamity’ spread to Florida Colorado, OpEd, Amendment 2, crime, youth, emergency room, highways, car crashes, Fatalities 52
Easing of marijuana laws worries road safety advocates nationally, highways, safety, car crashes 53
I-Team: Driver in fatal hit-and-run smoked marijuana Fatalities, car crashes 54
Trends in fatal motor vehicle crashes before and after marijuana commercialization in Colorado Colorado-0, car crashes, Fatalities 55
More Colorado drivers in fatal car crashes testing positive for marijuana Colorado-0, car crashes, Fatalities 56
Palm Bay man charged in pedestrian death Impairment, Death, DUI, pedestrians, Fatalities, car crashes

A blood sample was taken from Asker after a police investigator detected marijuana impairment.

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Pot-related fatalities up Fatalities, car crashes 2, car crashes, Colorado
  • Drugged driving kills an average of two people per week in Colorado. That’s more than four times the number of deaths of Columbine and Century Theater combined.
  • One half of those deaths are caused by marijuana use.
  • Deaths caused by drugged driving are increasing at the same time overall traffic deaths are decreasing. The most rapidly increasing cause of drugged driving deaths is marijuana use.
  • Fatalities caused by drivers who tested positive for marijuana increased 26 percent.
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Pot Fuels Surge in Drugged Driving Deaths car crashes 2, car crashes, Colorado 59
Study: Fatal Car Crashes Involving Marijuana Have Tripled car crashes, Studies, Washington, Fatalities 60
Marijuana and Drugged Driving car crashes 2, impaired, IBH, Research, Studies, car crashes

Institute for Behavioral and Health- 
The threat to public safety on the roadways posed by marijuana-impaired driving has been pushed to the top of nation’s agenda by the legalization of marijuana in Colorado and Washington as well as by the legalization of “medical” marijuana in 18 states and the District of Columbia. Marijuana has significant impairing psychological and physiological effects on driving. 

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Acute cannabis consumption and motor vehicle collision risk: systematic review of observational studies and meta-analysis Studies, Research, car crashes, meta-analysis, Fatalities

Acute cannabis consumption is associated with an increased risk of a motor vehicle crash, especially for fatal collisions. This information could be used as the basis for campaigns against drug impaired driving, developing regional or national policies to control acute drug use while driving, and raising public awareness.

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