Over the years we have discussed driving under the influence of alcohol on this blog. The effects are astounding as to what it does to your ability to drive and be a safe driver. We have spent less time talking about the effects of marijuana and a new AAA study finds that drivers who drive under the influence of marijuana AND alcohol may be even more likely then those under the influence of just alcohol to undertake risky behaviors while driving and increase their risks of a Connecticut auto accident.
The study, conducted as part of the AAA Foundation’s Traffic Safety Culture Index looked at those who drove while under the influence of alcohol and compared that to those who had driven while under the influence of alcohol and marijuana. The findings showed an increase across the board in risky behaviors for the later group. This included the following;
- 55% more likely to speed
- 52% more likely to drive aggressively
- 48% more likely to run a red light intentionally
- 40% more likely to text and drive
These staggering numbers indicate that while some may consider marijuana harmless, certainly paired with alcohol it causes a significant increase in risky behaviors.
Those who reported to the study that they had used neither alcohol or marijuana were far less likely to engage in these risky behaviors.
All of the behaviors that showed an increase in the study are known to lead to higher rates of Connecticut auto accidents.
If you or a loved one were injured as a result of an accident involving marijuana or alcohol use you may need an attorney to review your case. Contact our office and our attorneys will gladly work to protect your long-term interests.