INDIANAPOLIS — One of the nation’s top traffic safety organizations is issuing an urgent warning about a growing danger on the nation’s roads: driving while high.
Legal marijuana is spreading across the country. Twenty states allow medicinal use and 4 states plus Washington, D.C. allow recreational use.
AAA says in some states that have legalized marijuana, fatal accidents involving drivers who’ve consumed pot are on the rise.
“Driving is already a tough task. When you add a drug that impairs our ability to manage that task, it’s a recipe for disaster,” said Jake Nelson with the AAA Traffic Safety Foundation.
Some states have set legal limits for how much of the marijuana chemical, THC, can be in blood before someone is legally impaired, but AAA says that’s not good at determining whether a driver is impaired. It wants states to allow police to determine if a driver is impaired.