NHTSA study shows stones drivers have lower crash risk than drunk drivers
The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has recently revealed in its ‘Drug and Alcohol Crash Risk’ report that stoned drivers are potentially at a lower risk of crash than drunk drivers.
According to a new NHTSA study, consumption of alcohol before getting behind the wheel is linked to a higher risk of crash as compared to using marijuana before driving. In other words, the study has found that drivers who had drugs before driving had negligible or lower risk of accidents vis-à-vis drivers who had consumed alcohol before driving.
The findings of the NHTSA study essentially emphasize that the amount of marijuana’s main active ingredient THC in a driver’s body does not appear to have any correlation with their level of impairment like blood alcohol does.
With regard to the NHTSA study, the Chicago Times has said in a report that the findings of the study point out that it is difficult to predict how the body absorbs and eliminates most psychoactive drugs because they are “chemically complex molecules.”
On the basis of the results of the new study, the NHTSA has noted: “The measurable presence of the chemical tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in a driver’s system does not correspond with driver impairment like blood alcohol level does.”
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