While driving, pot smokers 'safer' than drunk drivers, study says

February 13, 2015 5:20 PM

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While driving, pot smokers 'safer' than drunk drivers, study says

As more states push to legalize marijuana, scientists have started to turn their attention toward the effects of driving after toking up. Stoners will likely rejoice at two recent studies by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that appears to put them on the safer side of things: According to the first study, drivers with a BAC of 0.08 are 400 percent more likely to crash their vehicles than a sober person, KUSA-TV reports.

However, drivers who test positive for THC—the mind-altering ingredient in pot—are only 25 percent more likely to crash, which drops to just 5 percent once age, gender, and other factors are accounted for.

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