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DRIVING STONED; THE EFFECTS OF MARIJUANA WHEN DRIVING

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Driving Under the Influence of Marijuana, A road highway sign with a marijuana leaf with stormy sky background.

In many countries of the world, the use of cannabis which is popularly known as marijuana is becoming more and more popular. One reason for this is due to the fact that it is becoming legal in many countries. In Ontario, Canada for example, the use of marijuana is now legal and many people use it in their everyday life. While this is acceptable by law, it is a totally different ball game when driving. The use of marijuana while driving can have disastrous consequences for you and other drivers on the road. It is no wonder that most police officers are increasingly concerned about driving around stoned. Here are some of the effects of driving under the effects of marijuana;

  • REACTION TIME IS SLOWER: one thing which is needed on the road is to the ability to make decisions fast and sharply. This could actually be the difference between driving safely and crashing into a car. Marijuana would make your reaction time to be slower than it should be on a normal basis. In other words, this means that decisions or situations which you would have seen and taken care off when sober would become difficult and hard to deal with. This would no doubt cause hazards on the road and make life difficult for other drivers who find themselves also trying to navigate the roads. In the worse possible scenario, you could actually die from an accident caused by your slow reaction time.
  • REDUCED CONCENTRATION: there is no doubt that driving on the road requires a high amount of focus in order to ensure that you drive safely at all times. The elements which make up a large portion of marijuana which is popularly known as THC is known to have the ability to alter the minds of both of its users. It also has the ability to reduce the concentration levels of the individuals who take cannabis. Therefore, taking it just before hitting the road would potentially increase your chances of having a crash with your car. This would also increase the chances of other innocent people using the road getting injured due to your lack of concentration.
  • IT WORKS IN OPPOSITION TO DRIVING SKILLS: everything which you ever learnt in a driving is being opposed by the use of marijuana while driving. It reduces your eye to hand coordination, reduces your consciousness of the speed level of your car, and reduces your concentration and so much more. It is therefore not advisable that you keep on driving just after taking marijuana or while you are still under the influence of the drug. It would be terrifying to even imagine.

One thing which is crucial when driving is keeping it at the back of our minds that driving is a serious issue. When you get on the road, you put other people’s lives at risk including yours. Doing anything which would reduce your ability to drive safely would be fatal to you and any other person on the road at that time.

WHILE TEENS ARE MORE LIKELY TO HAVE ACCIDENTS WHILE DRIVING

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There is this excitement which comes when you are finally old enough to own and drive a car in your country. You would most likely feel that as a teenager, you are finally being trusted with more responsibility. However, in many countries of the world, this trust is often betrayed as most teenagers are estimated to be the highest causes of accidents on the road. They have therefore been branded as the most dangerous set of drivers on the road, especially on the western road. There are many reasons why teen misbehave while they are driving even on busy highways. Here are some of the reasons;

  • INEXPERIENCE: while the excitement to own a car and be allowed to drive as a teenager can be so strong, the lack of experience can be dangerous. These teenagers have never been exposed to certain situations on the road. Thus, the probability of them making mistakes in these situations is quite high. It is also a known fact that most teenagers tend to act before they have thought through a particular situation well. All this makes it quite easy for an accident to occur.
  • OVER SPEEDING: research which has been conducted various times have suggested that one thing which teenagers who drive are known for is over speeding. They are more likely to take part in driving habits which are risky and fatal in nature. This combined with the fact that they are not quite experienced makes it quite easy for them to have an accident on the road. They are also prone to tailgate while driving when compared to other sets of drivers. When you over speed, you would have less time to react to situations which can prove to be disastrous when driving. These situations would include the sudden presence of motorists and so much more.
  • ALCOHOL AND THE ABUSE OF DRUGS: one phenomenon which has ravaged many teenagers who are living in the world today is the influence of alcohol and drug abuse. One of the leading causes of death in Canada is the influence of drugs while driving. Teenagers are more likely to engage in such activities while they are driving. This would no doubt lead to consequences which would be unfavorable to everyone on the road.
  • ABSENCE OF SEAT BELTS: it is estimated that a large percentage of teenagers who use the roads do not make use of the seat-belts which have been given to them. This absence has often led to a lot of injuries which would have been prevented if seat belts were being used. It is always advised that you make use of the seat belts given to you at all time. It is your only saviour if something should happen to you while you are driving.

This shows teenagers are at a higher risk while they are driving. It is important for all teenagers to be taught just how important it is to drive safely on the road. This would lead to a reduction in the number of accidents that take place every year.

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