According to a recent insurance study, the use of legalized recreational marijuana has been linked to an increase in car accidents. In fact, collision claims in Colorado, Washington, and Oregon increased by 2.7 percent since the legalized sale of marijuana began, as compared to surrounding states.
In the study, researchers accounted for the following factors:
The number of vehicles on the road
The age and gender of drivers
The employment status of the driver
Car accidents across the country began to go increase in 2013 after more than a decade of steady decline. The insurance industry found several possible elements that could have factored into the cause, including distracted driving because of texting or cell phone use, road construction, etc.
Eight states, along with Washington, DC, have legalized recreational marijuana for adult use. Under legislation that was introduced in May to the New Jersey State Senate, marijuana could be grown, sold, and used. Given that there are a lot of unanswered questions about how marijuana impacts driving, there is a lot to think about.
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