Cleveland, OH- Most Americans know that driving drunk is dangerous and refrain but doing it, but a new survey finds that when it comes to driving under the influence of drugs, especially marijuana, Americans appear to be a bit confused about what impairment entails and don’t see it as big as a safety issue as drunk driving.
The survey conducted by the American Automobile Association found that the majority of Americans say drunk driving is a serious safety issue, but did not have the same attitude towards driving under the influence of marijuana or prescription drugs. The survey found that 1 in 6 respondents felt it was that a person is safe to drive under the influence of marijuana just one hour after consumption, according to CBS News. To some this would point to the fact the many are confused about how much marijuana can affect a person’s ability to drive and the dangers it poses on the road.
Even though people are not sure what constitutes marijuana impairment, 85 percent of respondents support laws governing marijuana impairment. Additionally, nearly half of respondents believed drugged driving is a bigger problem today than it was three years ago, CBS News reported.
With the broader marijuana legalization, it could give a person the impression that marijuana is the main culprit in drugged driving cases. While cannabis is a commonly used substance for the under 30 set, prescription drug use is more common for drivers over the age of 50.
An study from June of this year found that even though, marijuana is one of the more commonly used illicit drugs in the U.S., prescription drugs are playing a larger role in drugged driving accidents.
The AAA survey also found that many people were unaware of DUI-marijuana laws in their state. There are 16 states that have no tolerance laws and person can be charged with driving under the influence of pot with any amount of the drug in their system. Ohio is one of the few states that have what is referred to as “per se” laws in regard to marijuana intoxication. That means a person must have a specific amount of THC in their blood to be charged with drugged driving. A motorist with 2 nanograms of THC or 50 nanograms of THC-metabolite in their blood stream can be charged with driving under the influence.
If you are facing a drugged driving, you need an Ohio DUI attorney working on your defense. They are your best hope at avoiding conviction or negating some of the consequences of a drugged driving conviction.
Driving under the influence of drugs in Ohio carries many of the same penalties as drunk driving which can include a maximum of 6 months in jail, fines up to $1,075 and 6 months to 3 years suspension of the convicted offender’s driver’s license. On top of that, a conviction will leave a person with a record. Fighting a DUI charge is possible, but anyone facing this charge needs an Ohio DUI attorney working on their defense.