Pot use suspected in crash that took ...

Pot use suspected in crash that took 2 lives north of Santa Cruz

There are 204 comments on the Santa Cruz Sentinel story from Oct 23, 2010, titled Pot use suspected in crash that took 2 lives north of Santa Cruz. In it, Santa Cruz Sentinel reports that:

A head-on collision Friday on Highway 1 south of Davenport killed two people and seriously injured a 10-month-old. The crash halted traffic there for roughly three hours as authorities investigated the crash and suspected marijuana use by one of the drivers.

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Mr J of Phoenix

Tempe, AZ

#2 Oct 23, 2010
Well, thank goodness for medical marijuana. Let the under-the-influence driver toke himself out of this. Here in AZ we are about to pass medical marijuana for ourselves--Something that Dick Cowen, former 'head' of the National Organization for Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), called a "scam" to bring full legalization. With legalization--and unregulated use and dosage--there will be more opportunities to be killed by an impaired driver.
JJJ

Vallejo, CA

#3 Oct 23, 2010
oh yeah, got to demonize pot ...
WHat PUFFY

Pleasanton, CA

#4 Oct 23, 2010
This is the blog concerning yesterdays accidents...now that were voting to legalize pot there finally is an accident that is solely attributable to pot. Do not vote to legalize pot, it will take to much work away from law enforcement. And all the politicians will lose money from their distillery investments.
Puff Daddy

Courtland, CA

#5 Oct 23, 2010
What a shame. I feel for the family of the victims.
Stoners Kill

Capitola, CA

#6 Oct 23, 2010
This is sad, but it's a disgusting fact of the leftist acceptance of drug use around here. People simply minimize and approve of being baked and driving. Kids do it. Their parents do it. They are rarely arrested for it. Juries won't convict for it.

Potheads: You are warped people. And now you have blood on your hands. All because you think it's ok to drive under the influence.
dae

Mountain View, CA

#7 Oct 23, 2010
alot people who driving so fastduring rain or dry road either there is no excuse for thatthey just driving as hurry to go and they dont like to drive slower etc that how they get int accidents ive seen alots people driving fast pass theses cars etc that same thing when i was driving and obey the speed limit laws etc but some other dont that they driving and move to legal shoulder and try to passed the other car who was folllow obey speed laws but other dont that why they were sick of being slower drive that they can be move and passed them but now see that it gettting worse now in rain that are more more dangerous in wetty road than dry road .... they had no experinced how to drive safe in rain etc but they dont care abt rain or dry to drive fast no matter what alot are no excuse for that ....
Casting stones

San Jose, CA

#8 Oct 23, 2010
Stoners Kill wrote:
This is sad, but it's a disgusting fact of the leftist acceptance of drug use around here. People simply minimize and approve of being baked and driving. Kids do it. Their parents do it. They are rarely arrested for it. Juries won't convict for it.
Potheads: You are warped people. And now you have blood on your hands. All because you think it's ok to drive under the influence.
Currently a person can't even have had one drink in California within period of four hours for it to qualify DUI.

Incidentally, DUI's have been decreasing across the State.

Interesting that marijuana might be to blame over meth or heroine as priority in enforcement, ever. Yet alcohal remains to be one of the most immobilizing substances.

Maybe the Sheriff is hoping to garner some chump change over the incident for penalties, fines and fees DUI's typically impose.

Times are gettin tough, budget cuts, job markets bad, so WHAT if it was raining sober people have collided on that stretch easily because of the dense fog unique to the area.. or the horrendous tragedy already endured from the situation.

The Santa Cruz County Sheriff are poorly trained hicks bored to death and don't do anything to protect rather interfere with peoples lives on their fat freeloading incomes. Santa Cruz and Capitola police are much better which goes to show why municipalities incorporate.

Since: May 08

Santa Cruz, CA

#9 Oct 23, 2010
I don't believe that alcohol should be outlawed because some idiots drive drunk.

Nor do I believe that pot should be illegal because some idiots drive stoned.

Some people are idiots. That will never change. We should not base all of our laws on the idiots' behavior, however.

What a very sad story for this young family. The middle aged dude should have known better. I'm sorry for his family and friends though.
hobojaime

Guatemala

#10 Oct 23, 2010
You take an idiot,who has trouble functioning normally on his best days,keep him stoned on high grade weed,which the State of Cali says is no more harmful than a diet coke,and you get a dysfunctional stoner,who,unfortunately for the rest of us,believes he can do things when he's high,that he couldn't do when he was sober.
Local Observer

Santa Cruz, CA

#11 Oct 23, 2010
lets make marijuana legal so other people can smoke it, get in their car, and kill someone. Oh thats right all the idiots who smoke it will tell you nothing will ever happen. Wake up fools.
Bruce Gabriel

Aptos, CA

#12 Oct 23, 2010
does picture #1 even belong in this article???
Dooner 2

Santa Cruz, CA

#13 Oct 23, 2010
You know what.......this tragic accident was NOT caused by "pot use". As most other crashes, it was caused by a driver who was NOT paying attention to driving.
Johnny Bravo

United States

#14 Oct 23, 2010
Bruce Gabriel wrote:
does picture #1 even belong in this article???
Nope!
The Scream

Aptos, CA

#15 Oct 23, 2010
Dooner 2 wrote:
You know what.......this tragic accident was NOT caused by "pot use". As most other crashes, it was caused by a driver who was NOT paying attention to driving.
And even if that wasn't true, the score would still be... Dope 2, Alcohol 200,000.
All the people talking about evil dope here -- does that mean you'd ban booze? If not, SHUT UP you brainless localz losers who need something to confirm your STUPID PREDJUDICES early on a Saturday morning.

“Pearls before swine”

Since: Mar 08

Santa Cruz, CA.

#16 Oct 23, 2010
READERS should be suspicious of this story. First, it was raining, and the first rain of the season always makes the roads much more dangerous.

Second the cops say they don't know how fast the cars were going. Does this pass the smell test? Usually, cops can tell something about the speed by skid marks and how the crash occurred. It seems obvious they want to blame pot solely for the accident---and to make Prop 19 less likely to pass.

Finally, how do they KNOW pot was involved?? The article expects us to simply TRUST the report of the officers. I don't and readers shouldn't either.

My condolences to the friends and family of those killed. My prayers are for the little boy who was badly injured.

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R U Stoned

Capitola, CA

#17 Oct 23, 2010
Casting stones wrote:
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Currently a person can't even have had one drink in California within period of four hours for it to qualify DUI.
Incidentally, DUI's have been decreasing across the State.
Interesting that marijuana might be to blame over meth or heroine as priority in enforcement, ever. Yet alcohal remains to be one of the most immobilizing substances.
Maybe the Sheriff is hoping to garner some chump change over the incident for penalties, fines and fees DUI's typically impose.
Times are gettin tough, budget cuts, job markets bad, so WHAT if it was raining sober people have collided on that stretch easily because of the dense fog unique to the area.. or the horrendous tragedy already endured from the situation.
The Santa Cruz County Sheriff are poorly trained hicks bored to death and don't do anything to protect rather interfere with peoples lives on their fat freeloading incomes. Santa Cruz and Capitola police are much better which goes to show why municipalities incorporate.
Ummmmm...I didn't see any mention of any sheriff in the article. I did see mention that a person under influence of marijuana killed a mother and seriously injured her child, and that the same person under the influence killed himself and the California State Highway Patrol was involved in investigating.
AWARE

Capitola, CA

#18 Oct 23, 2010
Becky Johnson wrote:
READERS should be suspicious of this story. First, it was raining, and the first rain of the season always makes the roads much more dangerous.
Second the cops say they don't know how fast the cars were going. Does this pass the smell test? Usually, cops can tell something about the speed by skid marks and how the crash occurred. It seems obvious they want to blame pot solely for the accident---and to make Prop 19 less likely to pass.
Finally, how do they KNOW pot was involved?? The article expects us to simply TRUST the report of the officers. I don't and readers shouldn't either.
My condolences to the friends and family of those killed. My prayers are for the little boy who was badly injured.
READERS of Bee Jays comments should be SUSPICIOUS that she is pro smoke and drive, and that she TEACHES children in public schools. CAUTION should be abundant that she will INDOCTRINATE youth and ENCOURAGE them to drive stoned RATIONALIZING her theory that the POLICE are liars.

(Summary: Bee Jay is a nut)
New Standards

Capitola, CA

#20 Oct 23, 2010
I am hoping the legislature can come up with a new standard specifically for driving while on pot. A new criminal charge, and new license suspension guidelines just for pot. There must be a test that can be given like a breathilyzer for booze that will quickly determine who is on pot so they can go to jail for driving like that.

Pot is a strong psychoactive drug, known to slow reactions. The only way to drive is sober.
been there

Santa Cruz, CA

#21 Oct 23, 2010
take another puff wrote:
., appraisal, title & escrow, etc.) required to close a loan need to be explained.
TAP
Huh? Appraisal? Title? Escrow? Loan? On the Honda or the Jeep? Have to re-think safety of those big strong 4 by 4s too. Sad and confusing thoughts.

“How's your Karma?”

Since: Apr 08

Boulder Creek

#22 Oct 23, 2010
Maybe he dropped the roach & was trying to put it out with his beer.

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