Survey: Virginians less wary of driving high
Many Virginians don’t view driving under the influence of marijuana to be as dangerous as drunk driving, per a survey conducted by the state’s Cannabis Control Authority.
By the numbers: 11% of respondents said they had driven while stoned in the month before the survey was taken.
- Only 26% of Virginians surveyed said they view marijuana-impaired driving as “extremely dangerous.”
- The figure compares poorly to respondents’ views of other risky driving behaviors, such as drunk driving (49%) and texting and driving (60%).
Why it matters: Marijuana possession may be legal now, but driving while stoned is just as illegal as driving under the influence of alcohol.
- The authority, which is developing a safe driving campaign set to launch early next year, called the findings troubling.
More findings: The survey found nearly half of respondents had used marijuana ever.
- 31% said they’d used the drug in the week before the survey was taken.
- Southwest Virginia residents accounted for a quarter of the state’s regular marijuana users despite representing 18% of the state’s population.
Worth noting: The survey was conducted between Aug. 26 to Sept. 4 by market research and public affairs company Stratacomm and is based on 783 responses.
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