The insurer is reminding folks that it’s not protected to drive whereas excessive.
Yesterday, Virginia made its marijuana legalization official, inflicting the American Vehicle Affiliation (AAA) to specific concern concerning the protected driving behaviors of many individuals within the state who intend to make use of the drug.
Virginia is way from the primary state within the nation to legalize pot however driving whereas excessive stays harmful in all places.
As of July 1, anybody over the age of 21 years noticed a distinction within the marijuana legalization affecting them. These adults gained the correct to own as much as an oz of marijuana. That stated, AAA is reminding drivers throughout the state that simply because the drug is authorized to have and to make use of, it doesn’t imply that it’s protected to drive after having used it.
The assertion was launched after the American Vehicle Affiliation carried out a knowledge evaluation of 10 years’ value of knowledge. What they decided was that when leisure pot turns into authorized, there is a rise within the variety of drivers concerned in lethal crashes and who check constructive for THC.
Crash charges had been additionally recorded to have risen following marijuana legalization in different states.
For example, after Colorado, Oregon and Nevada handed their legalized leisure pot legal guidelines, each crash charges and auto insurance coverage claims elevated.
The Colorado Division of Felony Justice has launched information exhibiting that in different states, there was a 153 % improve in lethal crashes through which hashish was an element.
Within the American Vehicle Affiliation’s assertion of warning to drivers, it identified that everybody has their very own distinctive response to marijuana. Like alcohol, tolerances and results are totally different from one particular person to the following. That stated, it may quickly impair consideration, response time and coordination. These impairments could make an individual very harmful – and probably lethal – behind the wheel.
Whereas they don’t seem to be telling folks that they shouldn’t use pot, AAA is hoping that individuals will do not forget that in the event that they select to make use of the drug, they need to not get in a car to drive.
On the similar time that the marijuana legalization legislation got here into impact yesterday, one other legislation additionally handed in Virginia, banning each drivers and passengers from consuming or smoking the drug whereas a car is being operated.