Driving Stoned

Pot Commission Wants Education Programs, More Study on Road Safety

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 14:30
On the issue of driving while stoned, the marijuana commission concluded that it's too soon to recommend a specific standard or testing system. Instead ... about how to deal with marijuana use, particularly around youth use and driving,” said Perkinson, a former chair of the Vermont Democratic Party.

Marijuana industry gets blunt: Stop using the word 'pot'

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 15:37
The ad was pulled after conservatives complained that the ad said too little about the perils of driving stoned. The industry is pushing ahead with normalization, sparking a cultural war with many baby boomers and GenXers who commonly refer to marijuana as pot, weed or grass. Many of them don't ...

How can you tell if your client is driving while stoned?

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 11:18
As Canada moves closer to legalized pot, a sure-fire way of testing drivers for cannabis impairment remains elusive. Bill C-45, currently before the Senate, would make possession of up to 30 grams of recreational marijuana legal. Bill C-46, a companion bill, would give police the power to demand an ...

Pot controversial as it challenges our values about consciousness, perceived reality

Sun, 01/14/2018 - 08:18
He said, “If you look at the study of philosophy and religion, that's very risky stuff.” Despite the risks, Paul believes we should be able to think for ourselves or alter our consciousness if we want. Marijuana can be risky. Stoned driving is dangerous. But unlike alcohol, it is difficult to overdose on marijuana.

Roadshow: How to avoid wrong-way drivers

Sun, 01/14/2018 - 07:01
Besides, studies have shown that stoned drivers often drive more cautiously than their drunk counterparts. Stoners are paranoid and aware of their actions, as long their weed high is not also mixed with the effects of alcohol or other drugs, so they tend to drive much lower than the speed limit, which is ...

Fuller: Get your stoned face out of my face

Sat, 01/13/2018 - 09:09
Traffic fatalities continue on a downward trend. That's what happens when everybody drives three miles an hour. And with $230 million going into the treasury in 2016, tax revenues are so high they can't feel their face. So maybe it's not going to be the end of civilization. But things are going to get weird.

Multi-vehicle Crash on Highway 4 Blamed on Cannabis

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 13:00
When the legalization of recreational marijuana went into effect on January 1st, 2018, California's lawmakers also decided to increase penalties for driving while high. Police officers have been receiving additional training to recognize people driving while stoned. Testing, however, is difficult, because ...

DUIs in Petaluma decrease over holidays

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 11:41
In 2018, as the sale of legal cannabis is ushered into parts of Sonoma County, law enforcement officers are gearing up for more stoned drivers hitting the roadways. Agencies are already broadcasting a straightforward directive: “Drive high, get a DUI.” Petaluma Police Department and CHP officers are ...

Another car stoned from Boy's Town bridge

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 10:56
Kirthan Pillay told the Courier he was driving north on the M4 at 4pm this afternoon (Friday) when he passed underneath the Boy's Town bridge. “I was driving along listening to music when out of the corner of my eye I saw this rock flying at my windshield,” said the 19-year-old from Avondale Estates.

Police chief says officers still don't have training, equipment needed to detect drugged drivers

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 20:30
The force has a limited number of officers already trained to detected drugged driving, but the entire force needs to be trained when pot becomes legal this summer, but driving while stoned is still against the law. "The expectation for all of this is July – not on July 1st, but sometime either before or after ...

Stoned Drivers Help Oakland Company Test Marijuana Breathalyzers

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 17:30
To test out the marijuana breathalyzer, Lynn said Hound Labs has conducted hundreds of tests, even going so far as to recruit drivers to smoke weed and drive through an enclosed, monitored test track. “We found that on the driving course, even if they smoked a small amount they were stoned almost ...

Don't Drive Or Ride While Stoned!

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 14:30
In 2016, California became one of the latest states whose voters decided to legalize recreational marijuana. Many of the laws didn't go into effect until January 1st, 2018, and that includes new laws regarding having marijuana in the car while in operation. Detractors opposing legalization point to the ...

Education campaign needed to deter drugged driving

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 10:45
Twenty-nine per cent of users said being stoned did not impact their driving. Twelve per cent of pot users couldn't tell if there was any difference between their ability to drive stoned or sober. “That is a concern and puts safety at risk,” CAA spokesperson Teresa Di Felice told Canadian Press. “There are ...

Drunk and stoned drivers still stubbornly taking the road

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 00:03
Sarnia's courts continue to hear cases of drunk drivers with two and three times the legal limit of alcohol in their system. Finding alternative transportation or staying put after drinking alcohol is vigorously promoted by police and local groups like MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving), but the number of ...

Listen: Man calls 911 to report himself for drunk driving

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 14:18
“If you're stoned enough to report yourself drunk driving, you're really messed up,” Polk County Sherrif Grady Judd said in an interview with WTVT. The police said they're glad no one was injured by the drunk driver but they did get a laugh out of the call. “We called it LOTO: 'We laughed our tasers off,'” ...

NJ marijuana legalization: Prominent lawmaker has 'major concerns' about stoned driving

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 04:56
A prominent New Jersey legislator foresees a wreck for Garden State motorists, and their wallets, if marijuana is fully legalized without better safeguards against stoned driving. It's well-chronicled that weed's potency has risen over the years, and Senate Republican Whip Joe Pennaccio told Gannett ...

Breathalyzers and brain caps: Researchers race to devise a roadside test for driving while high

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 04:43
“We've done a couple of driving studies where we get people stoned, get them behind the wheel in an obstacle course,” said Dr. Mike Lynn, the CEO and co-founder of Hound Labs, one of the companies now working on a Breathalyzer for marijuana. Part of the circuit involved a simulated cyclist popping ...

Why California deleted this 30-second ad against driving high

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 18:00
“The Office of Traffic Safety is committed to informing people about the dangers of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol,” the agency's director Rhonda Craft said in a statement explaining why it was pulling the ad. “We are cognizant and share the concerns expressed over certain elements of ...

California PSA on Driving Under the Influence of Drugs is taken down over controversy

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 14:52
"The Office of Traffic Safety is committed to informing people about the dangers of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. We are cognizant and share the concerns expressed over certain elements of our most recent ads. As a result, we will continue to refine and improve messaging as we move ...

'OK, I love it' — California pulls stoned-driving ad after criticism

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 13:11
An ad aimed at discouraging drivers from getting behind the wheel under the influence of marijuana was removed by California officials after critics said it promoted use of the drug. The 30-second video, part of the “DUI Doesn't Just Mean Booze” campaign by the California Office of Traffic Safety, starts ...