Updated on: 3/13/2019
In states where medical marijuana is legalized, traffic fatalities fell almost 10 percent.
Colorado and Montana university professors analyzed 19 years of data on fatal car accidents in the United States. Overall, there was a 9 percent decrease in fatal collisions in states that allow medical marijuana use.
According to the study, beer sales fell in states where medical marijuana was legalized. The results showed that high drivers performed better than drunk drivers in driving simulations. It was shown that they avoid risky driving behavior, increase their following distance behind other cars and reduce velocity.
Of course, there are a lot of loose ends with the legalization of medical marijuana. There were two robberies in South Seattle over one week to medical pot users.
However, if less people are dying, should this be something that we allow but have high regulations on?
Washington State Fatal Drunk Driving Death Statistics
In 2008, 255 people in Washington State lost their lives in fatal alcohol-related crashes. One hundred eighty-two (182) of those accidents involved a drunk driver whose blood alcohol concentration (BAC) was 0.08 or higher. In Washington State, 34% of all fatal motor vehicle crashes involve a driver that was under the influence of alcohol.