Marijuana-impaired driving on the rise, AAA reports say
CNN - An estimated 15 million drivers admitted to driving within an hour of using marijuana, according to a new report by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.
"Drivers have a disconnect in terms of the impairing effects of marijuana on their safe driving ability," Tamra Johnson, AAA spokesperson, said.
The latest AAA Traffic Safety Culture Index found that 70 percent of drivers do not think they will get caught driving while high.
Studies have found using marijuana significantly alters drivers' judgment and reaction times, doubling the likelihood of being involved in a crash.
"It is very important for drivers to realize you are taking a very big risk when you get behind the wheel after using marijuana," Johnson said.
Safety experts say incidents of driving impaired by marijuana are on the rise. Eleven states have legalized recreational marijuana and dozens of other states have allowed medicinal use.
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