If a person smokes a joint then gets in his car to make a quick run through a McDonald's drive-through, is he putting other drivers in danger? Or is driving while under the influence of marijuana safe compared to drunk driving? This is what officials in places like Colorado, where some level of marijuana use is legal, are trying to figure out.
Growing public sentiment against driving drunk or stoned could help the future of a bill intended to increase the mandatory penalties levied against Colorado's impaired drivers. Currently, people who are driving under the influence when they cause fatal car accidents do not necessarily spend any time in jail. Around 24 cases in the previous decade resulted in probation, not jail time, for the offender.
Drivers during the holiday season must deal with a host of hazards. Between aggressive drivers intent on returning gifts as quickly as possible, and drunk drivers who insist that they are okay to drive, drivers must be vigilant in protecting themselves. However, there are instances when a driver loses control and may crash without contact (or influence) from any other driver.