Many daily cannabis users believe it’s safe to drive under the influence, CDOT study says

The Denver Post 10 June 2020
Family First Comment: Many Coloradans who use cannabis daily believe it is safe to drive under the influence and say they would like to see empirical evidence that proves otherwise before changing their behaviour… In 2017, The Denver Post independently analyzed state and federal data and found the number of drivers involved in fatal crashes in Colorado who tested positive for marijuana rose sharply each year since 2013, more than doubling in that time.

Many Coloradans who use cannabis daily believe it is safe to drive under the influence and say they would like to see empirical evidence that proves otherwise before changing their behaviour.

That’s according to the results of a survey of 18,000 residents conducted by the Colorado Department of Transportation from 2017 to 2019. CDOT aimed to gauge the perception of driving under the influence of cannabis in hopes of building a campaign to reduce the number of traffic crashes and fatalities involving the substance.

In 2018, 13.5% of drivers involved in fatal crashes tested positive for cannabis, according to the agency. In 2017, The Denver Post independently analyzed state and federal data and found the number of drivers involved in fatal crashes in Colorado who tested positive for marijuana rose sharply each year since 2013, more than doubling in that time.

Though CDOT’s survey didn’t offer specific statistics, it made general conclusions about attitudes toward driving and marijuana. For example, the more often survey respondents used cannabis, the less dangerous they tended to believe driving after using it was.

Some said it even helped them drive better, the report said.
READ MORE: https://www.denverpost.com/2020/06/10/cannabis-driving-attitudes-cdot-survey/

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