Protect Your Fleet from Accidents Caused by Marijuana

As more and more states move to legalize medical marijuana, with some even progressing towards legalizing recreational use, concerns about the safety of marijuana use continue to surface. One study found that marijuana use was linked to brain abnormalities in brain regions responsible for emotion and motivation. Research from Columbia University has shown that marijuana is beginning to contribute to more traffic deaths than in years previous.

We’ve delved into the research and what your company can do to protect against drugged driving.

Marijuana Linked to More Traffic Accidents

The Study

Researchers conducted a toxicology test of the 24,000 driving fatalities that happened in 2010, finding that marijuana usage was involved in at least 12% of recorded deaths caused by traffic accidents. This number has nearly tripled since 2000 and the rates are likely higher now that marijuana use is slowly being legalized.

Younger Drivers More Likely to Drive Drugged

Previous research from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) shows that younger drivers are more likely to drive drugged. A 2010 survey found that 1 in 8 high school seniors had driven after smoking pot, and almost 25% of drivers killed in drug-related motor vehicle accidents were under 25. Almost half of all fatally injured drivers who tested positive for marijuana use are also under the age of 25.

How Has Marijuana Impacted Traffic Accidents?

The NHTSA and National Institute on Drug Abuse are working together to study how marijuana affects driving performance. Using a state-of-the-art driving simulator at the University of Iowa, this study observes participants under the influence of both low and high doses of THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, as well as a placebo. Researchers hope to gain insight on how marijuana use affects driving performance, motor control, risk-taking, and decision-making. We are hopeful that conclusive information about marijuana’s effects on driving abilities should be revealed in the next few years.

Protect Your Company Against Drugged Driving Today!

Whether your business is in transportation and falls under DOT testing regulations or you simply want to ensure your workers’ safety off the clock by preventing drugged driving, Test Smartly Labs can help. We provide drug testing in the greater Kansas City area, including DOT testing and random testing, post-accident, or pre-employment workplace drug testing for marijuana.

IF YOUR COMPANY IS IN NEED OF A RELIABLE DRUG TESTING PROGRAM, CALL (816) 800-9699 TODAY OR CONTACT TEST SMARTLY LABS TODAY. WE PROVIDE CONFIDENTIAL APPOINTMENTS AT ANY OF OUR 5 GREATER KANSAS CITY AREA LOCATIONS.

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