Study Finds Correlation between Marijuana Use and Auto Accidents


Monday April 20, 2009

A study, which was recently published by the University of Montreal in Canada, says that men who drive under the influence of marijuana are more likely to be involved in traffic accidents. A senior author of the study, Jacques Bergeron, wrote the following about his research conclusions: “Individuals scoring high on impulsivity or sensation-seeking scales demonstrated an elevated risk of driving under the influence of cannabis.”

The study found that men who use marijuana are much more likely to be involved in accidents. In fact, of the 83 participants who were surveyed, 35 percent had been involved in a crash, resulting in material damages within the previous three years.

Of these 83 men, 30 percent said that they had used pot and 80 percent of those said that they had driven under the influence of marijuana at least once in the year before the study. The age range of the men who were interviewed ran from 17 to 49 years old. The study itself was published in the journal: Accident Analysis & Prevention.

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