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Six Ways Science Says Marijuana May Hurt Your Health Danger, science, car crashes 2, Brain, addiction, heart, car crashes 1
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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Driver admitted smoking pot before deadly Hwy. 281 crash car crashes 2, impaired, TX 4
Teens choose to drive with high drivers more than drunk drivers Teens, impaired, car crashes 2 5
Autopsy: Ulele server accidentally drowned in Mango Lake Death, car crashes 2, alcohol, Florida, tampa

The autopsy showed Foster had a .098 milligrams-per-liter level of THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, the intoxicating ingredient of marijuana. Pearson said that is a significant level.
“That indicates very recent use,” she said. “I would say she used marijuana within a half-hour or an hour before she died.”

 

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Addressing Driver Impairment Difficult Colorado-0, car crashes 2, Impairment 7
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 9
Pot and pills the new choice for intoxicated drivers car crashes 2, impaired, Fatalities, pills, car crashes 10
We Save Lives- Drugged Driving car crashes 2, car crashes 11
August 2014- Legalization of MJ Impact Colorado Colorado-0, youth, car crashes 2, Death, exposure, alcohol 12
2014- Colorado Impact Study- Driving Impaired Section car crashes 2, impaired, Colorado-0

Overall, traffic fatalities in Colorado decreased 14.8 percent, from 2007 to 2012. During the same five years in Colorado, traffic fatalities involving operators testing positive for marijuana increased 100 percent.

In 2007, Colorado traffic fatalities involving operators testing positive for marijuana represented 7.04 percent of the total traffic fatalities.  By 2012, that number more than doubled to 16.53 percent.

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Six Ways Science Says Marijuana May Hurt Your Health addiction, heart, car crashes 2, Impairment, Death, Brain 14
NIDA review summarizes research on marijuana’s negative health effects health, car crashes 2, Impairment, Research

The authors review literature showing that marijuana impairs driving, increasing the risk of being involved in a car accident and that these risks are further enhanced when combining marijuana with alcohol.

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Marijuana use involved in more fatal accidents in Colorado Colorado-0, impaired, car crashes 2, Fatalities

They reported that Colorado underwent a significant increase in the proportion of drivers in a fatal motor vehicle crash who were marijuana-positive after the commercialization of medical marijuana in the middle of 2009. The increase in Colorado was significantly greater compared to the 34 non-medical marijuana states from mid-2009 to 2011.

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Pot-Booze Combo More Dangerous for Teen Drivers Than Alcohol Alone car crashes 2, alcohol, pot

Teens who drank and smoked pot at the same time were 90 percent more likely to get a ticket and 50 percent more likely to be in a wreck.
 

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Metro: Marijuana impairment rising among drivers car crashes 2, impaired, Las Vegas

During the last three years, Metro's forensics lab screened 4,500 blood samples for marijuana with the bulk of those being impaired drivers.
Metro said marijuana is dangerous because it slows down mental reactions and a driver's judgment of time and distance. Statewide records from 2002 to 2012 show 45 percent of drivers who were impaired by drugs had marijuana in their system.

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Don't Go to Pot Medical, car crashes 2, impaired, IQ

Marijuana does possess certain medicinal properties. So does opium. But we don’t allow unscrupulous quacks to write raw opium prescriptions for anyone willing to pay $65. And if we did, would anybody be surprised that the vast majority of opium buyers were not recovering from surgery—and that many of them shared or resold some of their opium to underage users?

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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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Hillsborough DUI - Marijuana Impairment car crashes 2, Impairment, DUI 21
Pot Fuels Surge in Drugged Driving Deaths car crashes 2, impaired, alcohol, Colorado-0

Cannabinol, a remnant of marijuana, was found in 12.2 percent of those deceased drivers during 2010, (up from 4.2 percent in 1999). Pot was the most common non-alcoholic drug detected by those toxicology screenings.

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Pot Fuels Surge in Drugged Driving Deaths car crashes 2, car crashes, Colorado 23
Six - State Study Finds Drugs Other Than Alcohol Increasingly Detected in Fatally Injured Drivers; Cannabinoids Most Prevalent Other Drug Detected alcohol, car crashes 2, traffic, Fatalities 24
Trends in Alcohol and Other Drugs Detected in Fatally Injured Drivers in the United States, 1999–2010 Studies, car crashes 2, national, Epidemiology 25
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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Impact in Colorado of legalizing marijuana- April 2013 (Data is before recreational legalization.) Colorado-0, car crashes 2, youth, emergency room 27
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