Drug-Impaired Driving Due To Marijuana Use

Drivers that are impaired by drug use is becoming far more common.  Many accidents – some which have led to fatal injuries – have occurred in the Chicago area in which the driver was driving while drug-impaired.  Many other non-fatal accident injuries of a serious nature have occurred because of driver impairment due to drug use.

There are many drugs that have been used by Chicago area drug-impaired drivers.  Among the most common drugs are marijuana, cocaine, heroin, and meth.  The effect these drugs have on the driver varies according to many factors, including the amount of drug used, the type of drug, how long before driving the drug was used, and whether there was “mixed” drug use.  As well, another important factor is whether alcohol was also consumed.

On this site, various accidents which have involved “drugged driving,” as well as statistics and other discussion of the issue, can be seen in posts found under the “DUI” category.

On March 13, 2018, CBS Chicago aired a segment (video with article) titled “Driving While High:  Just How Dangerous Is It?”   The segment discusses various aspects of driver impairment caused by marijuana usage, and how the trends in driver impairment may change if recreational marijuana use is legalized in Illinois.

An excerpt from the article:

It happened in Washington State. After years of medical marijuana, the state approved weed for recreational use in 2012. That year, the percentage of drivers involved in fatal crashes who had recently smoked pot was 57 percent. By 2014, the year recreational sales began, the number jumped to 84 percent.

“Legislators need to understand that with that increased accessibility is going to become increased usage, and you’re going to see increased impairment behind the wheel,” said Mark Medalen, who’s with the Washington Traffic Safety Commission.

Additional details regarding these drug-impaired driving issues can be seen in the sources mentioned above.


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