Aussie drink-driving laws have similar penalties, but our BAC level is still at .05. This will be moved to .02 in the coming years. Be safe for you, your family and the person you may injure because, you thought you were ‘ok to drive!’
SHOULD YOU BE DRIVING? DON'T DRINK AND DRIVE....EVER!
Imagine if you had to tell a family that their child was never coming home again...because a driver had a few too many drinks and they were too lazy to get a taxi? How would you feel if it was your child? Your brother, your parent, your best friend? Now imagine that you're the one who had a few drinks and thought...Home isn't too far. I'll make it without getting busted. While on the back streets worrying if the booze bus will catch you, you hit someone. How do you live with that for the rest of your life?
Conclusion: After cannabis legalization, the prevalence of moderately injured drivers with a THC level of at least 2 ng per milliliter in participating British Columbia trauma centers more than doubled. The increase was largest among older drivers and male drivers. (Funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.)
(According to recently released data from The Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine, Cannabis was present in 14.8 % of driver fatalities, almost as much as all combined stimulant involvement in driver fataliies at 17.3 %)
Cannabis use is a risk factor for motor vehicle crash (MVC) fatalities, but the degree of a driver’s intoxication varies by tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) level. However, cannabis testing does not assess THC levels in most US states, and testing rates among MVC decedents vary among states and over time, which may bias estimates of cannabis involvement. Researchers assessed cannabis involvement and THC levels among fatally injured drivers in Washington State before and after the legalization of non-medical (“recreational”) cannabis use, with and without imputation of missing cannabis testing data among the roughly half of decedents who were not tested.
Using data from all MVC decedent drivers based on observed and imputed values, the prevalence of cannabis involvement in MVC fatalities was 9% prior to legalization and 19% after.
In adjusted analyses, the proportion of decedent drivers with high THC levels (>10 ng/mL) increased nearly 5-fold after legalization.
Although cannabis testing rates increased during the study period, findings were generally similar when restricted to those with completed cannabis testing.
Comments: This study is one of the first to impute cannabis involvement in MVC fatalities among decedents without testing, and to measure and impute THC levels (rather than simply the presence or absence of THC). Legalization of non-medical cannabis use in Washington State was associated with increases in cannabis involvement in MVC fatalities, including at levels clearly associated with impairment. These results add to literature suggesting that legalizing cannabis may increase MVC fatalities, and highlights the need to better characterize and mitigate those risks.
Drug-impaired driving jumped 43% in first full year after Canada legalized cannabis
New Statistics Canada data shows the number of police charges for drug-impaired driving jumped 43% after Parliament legalized marijuana. “Drug-impaired driving is significantly under detected,” Canada, according to Blacklock’s Reporter. “Drugs may be involved as often, or maybe more often, than alcohol in impaired driving incidents.”
“Unlike drinking and driving charges that peak in twilight hours, the rate of drug-impaired driving varies little from one time of day to another,” said the report.
“Police reported just as many of these incidents between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., as between 11 p.m. and 3 a.m.,” wrote analysts. For complete story Toronto Sun July 2021
Sensors on a person's smartphone can be used to determine if they're high with uncanny precision, according to a new study out of Rutgers University
Researchers at the school's Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research found that an algorithm that combined sensors tracking movements and GPS location with data on the time of day and day of the week had a 90 percent accuracy rate in determining if someone was stoned.
The algorithm could help law enforcement and health professionals more accurately predict if an individual is currently experiencing 'cannabis intoxication,' according to a release.
'We might be able to detect when a person might be experiencing cannabis intoxication and deliver a brief intervention when and where it might have the most impact to reduce cannabis-related harm,' said co-author Tammy Chung, director of the Institute's Center for Population Behavioral Health in the statement.
Researchers have been able to create an algorithm that predicts whether a regular pot smoker is high with 90 percent accuracy. The system combines GPS and movement data from their smartphone with info on the time of day and day of the week
The study, published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence, evaluated the feasibility of using smartphone sensor data to identify episodes of 'cannabis intoxication' — being noticeably high— in a non-lab environment.
Just based on the time of day and day of week, the algorithm had a 60 percent accuracy rate
Getting high has been linked to slower response times, which can impair driving and other focus-intensive activities.
Existing marijuana detection measures — like blood and urine tests — present logistical issues and would be too time-consuming to use as an intervention.
In addition, such tests can return positive results for up to three days after a subject has last used marijuana and would no longer be considered high.
As more states legalize marijuana, a smartphone app could be used to determine acute cannabis intoxication, rather than just general usage.
The authors of the study, who include faculty fromStevens Institute of Technology, Stanford University, Carnegie Mellon University, University of Tokyo and the University of Washington say future research should investigate how algorithms like theirs would rate in classifying people who use weed less frequently.
Most current marijuana tests can return positive results for up to three days after a subject has last used pot. The algorithm could help 'detect when a person might be experiencing cannabis intoxication and deliver a brief intervention when and where it might have the most impact,' researchers say
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