NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – A new study by the AAA Foundation shows that while nearly 15 million Americans admit to driving within one hour after using marijuana most don’t think they’ll ever get arrested for driving while high.
According to experts, it takes less than four hours for one to experience the “impairing effects” of marijuana and users who drive high are up to twice as likely to be involved in a crash.READ MORE: COVID-19 Delta Variant 'Accelerating' In North Texas And Across The Nation
In a statement Dr. David Yang, with the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, said, “Marijuana can significantly alter reaction times and impair a driver’s judgement. Yet, many drivers don’t consider marijuana-impaired driving as risky as other behaviors like driving drunk or talking on the phone while driving.”
The AAA Foundation survey also found that —READ MORE: Frisco's Grand Park No Longer An 'Urban Legend' As City Can Finally Finish Exide Cleanup
- 7% of Americans approve of driving after recently using marijuana
- 14% of millennials are most likely to report driving within one hour after using marijuana
- Men (8%) are more likely than women (5%) to report driving shortly after using marijuana
Officials say it’s important to remember that just because a drug is legal doesn’t mean it’s safe to use while operating a motor vehicle, and all motorists should avoid driving while impaired by marijuana or any other drug (including alcohol).
“Any driver who gets behind the wheel high can be arrested and prosecuted,” said Jake Nelson, AAA Director of Traffic Safety and Advocacy.MORE NEWS: Amber Alert Issued For Dallas Brothers 2 And 4 Years Old; With Father Who Is A Homicide Suspect
The survey results are part of the AAA Foundation’s annual Traffic Safety Culture Index.