Legalizing Marijuana, Auto Body Repair and Drugged Driving

Legalizing marijuana has become a common issue on ballots across the country. Many liberal states, like Colorado and Oregon, have already passed legalizing marijuana while many conservative states want additional research or legalizing medical marijuana only.

I’m positive you know someone who has had a mishap with impaired driving. Do you know someone, however, who has had a vehicular mishap with drugged driving?

According to the 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), 10 million people aged 12 or older reported driving under the influence of illicit drugs during the year prior to being surveyed.

As the opiate crisis becomes more commonplace and horrific throughout this country, and people are doing drugs and then getting behind the wheel, traffic safety becomes ever more imperative.

Without safe roadways, collisions occur. What comes next is auto body repair.

Legalizing Marijuana

Should marijuana be legalized? Is there a relationship between an increase of auto body repair for drivers who were driving under the influence of drugs versus alcohol?

While alcohol is a chemical, opiates are more dangerous than alcohol. Marijuana is somewhere in between. The common thread is impaired driving. At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter which chemical is in the body; if there is impairment, there could be an accident which leads to auto body repair.

In an article in AAA ‘Journeys’ magazine in Sept./October 2016, the CEO of the Allied Region wrote that ‘an emerging issue in traffic safety is drugged driving.’ He defines drugged driving as legal/prescription drugs, illegal substances used alone or in combination with alcohol.

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has a new online tool that allows users to add the list of prescription medications and over-the-counter drugs to check for side effects that could contribute to problems while driving.

It’s called Roadwise Rx and can be accessed at seniordriving.aaa.com. Perhaps you’d like to check it out if you’re worried about how your prescriptions might interact with one another?

If you live in a state where marijuana is legal, do heed these tips:

  1. If you’re going to imbibe in smoking marijuana, be sure to designate a driver.
  2. If you came to a destination alone, then call an Uber or Lyft to drive you home. You can pick up your vehicle the next day.
  3. Don’t mix marijuana and alcohol together, especially if prescription drugs are also involved. It’s a dangerous cocktail and no one truly knows the effects of these combined substances.
  4. If you’re unfamiliar with the effects of marijuana in your body, then do some research on these sites.
  5. Do you even know what marijuana is laced with if you buy it off the street? Read this site to find out more!

Auto Body Repair

Finally, I’m getting to the point of this discussion. You’re reading the Alan’s Collision Center blog. We manage repair of your vehicle after it has been in a collision. Since 1975, Alan’s Collision Center has been in the same location on Red Lion Road in Philadelphia serving you in this great neighborhood.

We want you never to get in a collision, even though that would mean our business would dry right up.

When people are in collisions, they get hurt. We’d rather have you be safe and not drive drugged or impaired with a concoction of chemicals because who knows what might happen? It could be auto body repair for you. Be safe!