How to Recognize Drivers Who Are Stoned or Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drugs
While the recreational use of marijuana in Missouri is against the law, the use of medical marijuana in the state is now permitted. The loosening of marijuana laws in the state has had many unforeseen results. In 2018, 78 people were killed and 142 individuals were seriously injured in Missouri vehicle crashes involving at least one driver who was under the influence.
Impaired driving (operating vehicles while under the influence of alcohol or drugs) is also a substantial problem in Kansas. Data shows that in 2019, 18% of all crash fatalities in Kansas involved a motorist who tested positive for at least one drug.
It is becoming more common to encounter stoned drivers on Missouri roadways. If you are driving a motor vehicle, interacting with a motorist who is under the influence of alcohol or drugs can be dangerous. While it may not be as easy as spotting drunk drivers, it is possible to spot stoned drivers and avoid them as much as possible. There are common driving patterns that you should look for to assess whether a driver is under the influence of marijuana.
Cautious Driving Can be an Indicator
One of the most widespread problems with drunk motorists is that they often underestimate the impact that alcohol consumption has on their ability to drive safely. Marijuana users, however, are often aware of the intoxicating nature of marijuana. Consequently, drivers who have used marijuana are more inclined to adjust their driving patterns accordingly. As a result, some drivers who are too intently focused on safe driving might be stoned.
Driving Under the Speed Limit
Motorists who are traveling under the speed limit when not required by road conditions, and motorists who slow down too much before turning could be under the influence of marijuana. If it seems like a motorist is overcompensating and driving too cautiously, this motorist might be under the influence of marijuana.
How to Recognize Drivers Who Are Stoned or Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drugs: Sudden Turns or Changes in Driving Patterns
While not always a sign of drivers under the influence of marijuana, some motorists who make sudden changes while driving might be under the influence of marijuana. These sudden lane changes might be because motorists feel confused or disoriented due to marijuana use.
Smoking in a Vehicle Presents a Substantial Risk
People who openly smoke in their vehicles might place you at significant risk of being injured. Marijuana has a near-instantaneous impact on the human body, which means that people quickly experience changes in how they experience time as well as their cognitive functions and perceptions. If you notice people smoking marijuana openly in their vehicle, they might present a serious risk of a deadly accident.
Speak With an Experienced Accident Attorney
If you or a loved one has been involved in a car crash in Kansas or Missouri involving a driver who was high on marijuana, you should not hesitate to speak with a compassionate lawyer. Contact House Law LLC today to schedule a free case evaluation.