Most Americans Think It's Unlikely To Be Arrested For Driving High, Study Says

June 19, 2019

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Most Americans don’t think police will catch a driver for driving while high on marijuana.

In the last month, 14.8 million drivers reported they drove within an hour after using marijuana, but about 70 percent of Americans don’t think those drivers will be caught, according to a new AAA survey.

The findings come as D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser pushes for the legalization of marijuana. Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring is advocating for similar legislation.

Marijuana users are twice as likely to be involved in a crash, the study found. The effects of the drug are usually felt between one and four hours after it’s first used.

“It’s time to face the facts. Any driver who gets behind the wheel high can be arrested and prosecuted,” said Jake Nelson, AAA’s director of traffic safety and advocacy, in a statement. “Law enforcement officials are getting more sophisticated in their methods for identifying marijuana-impaired drivers and the consequences are not worth the risk.”

AAA said more Americans are likely to report driving while high on marijuana than driving alcohol-impaired or drowsy.

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