Marijuana Driving Raises Concerns

November 30, 2017 09:30 PM

(ABC 6 NEWS)- There's a growing concern that marijuana may be contributing to more and more vehicle accidents, especially as more states are looking at legalizing it for recreational use, including Minnesota.

 According to the National Safety Council, the United States recently faced the worst two-year increase in motor vehicle deaths in more than 50 years. Marijuana-impaired driving is one of the many factors believed to be contributing to the recent increase in auto crash frequency.


ABC 6 News Betsy Singer spoke to Senior Vice President for Property Casualty Insurers Association of America Robert Gordon. He raised concerns to needing more education and road tests to measure the cause of marijuana-impaired driving.

Gordon said, "Our concern is that if we do end up legalizing it or decriminalizing it to a certain degree, then there's a lot of societal work that has to go into educating people as to what it means to use marijuana."

According to the Harris poll, more than 2,000 adults were asked if they think it's dangerous for a person to drive under the influence of marijuana. 91 percent said they think it is, yet only two out 5 said they think driving under the influence does contribute to more accidents.


Vivien Tran

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