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Alcohol Combined with Marijuana: A Driver’s Fastest Way to the Afterlife

A study conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) shows that drunk-driving or driving while intoxicated (DWI) is among the four major causes of vehicular accidents on US roads (over-speeding, driver error and reckless driving are the other three). More than 40, 000 lives are lost every year due to these accidents.

DWI is a crime in all 50 states and the law says that any driver who will be caught driving while having a 0.08% of blood alcohol content (BAC) in his/her blood would be charged of the crime. With regard to DWI or DUI – driving under the influence, drivers need to understand two essential things:

  • The crime is not based on soberness. Some people definitely have greater tolerance to alcohol than others. This enables them to consume more bottles of beer without being impaired by the alcohol – a different case when it concerns casual drinkers
  • Possession of marijuana or worse, use of marijuana in combination with alcohol will only increase the driver’s impairment, risk to accident, criminal offense and fines and punishment.

Despite the recently approved Washington Initiative 502 or marijuana reform policies, wherein licensed possession, selling, manufacture, distribution and use of the drug by people aged 21 and over is already allowed, no one is still permitted to drive if the level of alcohol and/or marijuana in the blood is over the limit set by federal law. The federal law limit is 0.08% BAC for alcohol and 5 nanograms of THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, marijuana’s main psychoactive ingredient) for marijuana.

Drunk-driving, marijuana possession (in great quantity) and use still become more dangerous when committed by a motorcycle rider. Besides the much higher risk of accident, the injuries a motorcycle rider may sustain are more severe and can even be fatal. This is because riders have very minimal bodily protection that would protect them during impact in the event of a motorcycle accident.

Having a good time with friends may involve a few drinks, but always make sure that you have a safe way to get home. No matter how good a driver you may be; if you drink and/or use marijuana more than what is allowed for drivers, there is a great possibility that you’ll end up in jail or in a hospital bed (hopefully not in a casket). It’s small decisions like this that can save you, your family and friends a lot of money, time and grief.