Study: 420 Holiday Means More Auto Fatalities
For the first time, researchers have taken an in-depth look at the impact of 420, the so-called “stoner’s holiday,” on U.S. driving fatalities.
In the quarter-century since High Times magazine proclaimed April 20 a time to light up and smoke marijuana, traffic fatalities have spiked 12 percent on that date, compared to one week before or after, a new study shows.
“This was such a great natural experiment to examine the risk of cannabis intoxication,” said lead author Dr. John Staples, an internist and researcher at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.
The researchers could not definitively say whether or not marijuana use was to blame for the increase in fatal car crashes, but that’s one logical guess.
“The simplest explanation is that some drivers are impaired by cannabis use, and these drivers are contributing to fatal crashes,” Staples added. “There should be very clear messaging to the public: don’t drive high.”