Marijuana Nearly Doubles Risk Of Coll...

Marijuana Nearly Doubles Risk Of Collisions

There are 6 comments on the WPTZ-TV Plattsburgh story from Feb 10, 2012, titled Marijuana Nearly Doubles Risk Of Collisions. In it, WPTZ-TV Plattsburgh reports that:

We hear a lot about the hazards of drunk driving, but here's something else to put on your radar: A study in the British Medical Journal found that marijuana nearly doubles the risk of vehicle collisions.

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fishman

Port Orange, FL

#1 Feb 10, 2012
What a load of crap this is. Where did they get their data? Dave and Busters?
none

Portland, OR

#2 Feb 10, 2012
When is the last time a stoned driver hit a non moving object (a tree, parked car....). Doing anything while driving that takes away from absolute concentration is not good but comparing it to drunk driving is BS. What next? Listing to the radio while driving? Lets compare that one.
NotFooledAnymore

Chandler, AZ

#3 Feb 11, 2012
Well, it is a crock of shit, because what they do is after an accident they take blood or get blood from the scene. If when tested... a person's blood comes up with ANY amount of Marijuana in your body, it's a Marijuana related event, whether you last smoked 28 days ago or just before you left! That's NOT a valid sample of these types of accidents. As long as they keep LYING about these things, the SHEEP will follow! This one will blow their socks off...
http://healthland.time.com/2011/12/02/why-med...
Dave

Brandon, Canada

#4 Feb 13, 2012
none wrote:
When is the last time a stoned driver hit a non moving object (a tree, parked car....). Doing anything while driving that takes away from absolute concentration is not good but comparing it to drunk driving is BS. What next? Listing to the radio while driving? Lets compare that one.
It would be interesting to see straight contestants in a variety of Wii games or other computer type games playing against people of the same age etc who are using marijuana either just before or during the game.

The study used for this article pointed out that it was specific situations where a difference was seen. It is not hard to see that there could be changes. After all, there is a reason why people like to smoke the stuff.
Bernie

Thompson, Canada

#5 Feb 26, 2012
NotFooledAnymore wrote:
Well, it is a crock of shit, because what they do is after an accident they take blood or get blood from the scene. If when tested... a person's blood comes up with ANY amount of Marijuana in your body, it's a Marijuana related event, whether you last smoked 28 days ago or just before you left! That's NOT a valid sample of these types of accidents. As long as they keep LYING about these things, the SHEEP will follow! This one will blow their socks off...
http://healthland.time.com/2011/12/02/why-med...
This a myth that goes around and around and around. You do not know what the cut off point in the test used was as far as I can see.
Some tests are designed to pick up use of THC for a 28 day period of time and others are 24 hours etc. There is quite a difference in the cost of tests depending what you actually want from them. In some cases it would be best to also get a confirmatory test which is done to ensure that the original test was done properly and the results match.
Bernie

Thompson, Canada

#7 Feb 26, 2012
fishman wrote:
What a load of crap this is. Where did they get their data? Dave and Busters?
It has been known that THC decreases athletes tracking ability since the early 1990's. So if it is hard for them to see how a ball is traveling or where a runner is actually headed I would guess that it is harder to drive. Just as a great number of drunks think they drive better when they have had a few drinks I can see why people who smoke dope think there is no effect on their driving ability.

Get a friend to smoke a bunch of weed and see if he can play some complex video game, maybe even a driving one, as well as he usually does.

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