IIHS Say Marijuana Legalization Leading To More Crashes – CarScoops

A number of states have moved to legalize marijuana and there’s growing evidence to suggest it’s behind an increase in crashes.

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), crash rates spiked in California, Colorado, Nevada, Oregon and Washington following the legalization of recreational weed.

A study conducted by the group found that injury and fatal crash rates in all five states “jumped in the months following the relaxation of marijuana laws.” Compared to other Western states where recreational marijuana was illegal, the five states saw a six percent increase in injury crash rates and a four percent increase in fatal crash rates. However, the group noted only the increase in injury crash rates was statistically significant.

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The findings are consistent with other studies, but the verdict is still out on whether or not marijuana alone makes drivers more likely to crash. In particular, the IIHS noted data collected from injured drivers at three emergency rooms in Denver, Portland and Sacramento showed “no increased crash risk associated with the drug, except when combined with alcohol.” However, the study did indicate that legalization might be encouraging more people to drink and use marijuana together.

There are other factors at play as marijuana legalization is usually accompanied by a “burst of enthusiasm,” that could see more people getting high and then getting behind the wheel. The IIHS also noted some states have

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