According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 1 in 3 traffic fatalities involves an inebriated driver. However, there has been a noticeable decrease in the national rate of fatalities due to the dedicated efforts of various awareness groups and public health decisionmakers across the country.
Unfortunately, the Washington Traffic Safety Commission recently revealed that an increasing number of state residents are driving while under the influence of alcohol and/or pot. According to the survey, this dangerous problem is particularly prevalent among young drivers in their 20s.
Unlike other states, the number of annual fatalities involving inebriated drivers is reportedly increasing by 15% each year. The Commission is currently researching if this increase has anything to do with the state's legalization of marijuana back in 2012.
In a news article released by the King 5 News website, author Ted Land quotes Shelly Baldwin, the legislative and media director at the Washington Traffic Safety Commission, about this serious matter: “What we found was that 9 percent of the population had driven within two hours of using alcohol and marijuana, and the most interesting part is that sometimes people are doing that because they somehow think that using marijuana after drinking is somehow magically canceling the effect of the alcohol. Your impairment actually multiplies and doesn't decrease. You may feel different, you may be in a different state, but that state isn't ready to drive.”
When dangerous misinformation spreads, it often leads to poor choices and negligent actions. The Commission is hoping this survey information can correct public misconceptions and provide support to law enforcement officials who are adjusting protocols to prevent impaired driving.
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