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Ford Develops Suit to Simulate Driving While Stoned

Feds blame drugs for 18% of highway deaths.

by on Nov.27, 2015

A motorist tries out a special suit designed to simulate the effects of driving on drugs.

Wonder what it’s like to try to drive while you’re stoned? Working with German scientists, Ford Motor Co. has developed a suit that simulates what it’s like to drive on drugs.

Like a similar suit the automaker came up with last year that helps simulate driving while drunk, the costume is intended to help educate young motorists so they understand the risks they are facing when they get behind the wheel while taking illegal substances.

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“The suit is designed not to produce the sensation of being on drugs, but to reproduce the side effects which may have a dangerous effect on your driving,” explains Paul Fay, Ford’s vehicle safety manager.


Study Sees Rise in Fatal Crashes Linked to Marijuana Use

Increase may cause some to rethink legalization efforts.

by on Jun.09, 2014

The number of vehicle accidents involving marijuana have increased three-fold in the last 10 years.

When police responded to a five-car crash near Monroe, Washington, last week they wound up arresting a local woman blamed with driving under the influence of marijuana.

A total of 12 people were injured in the accident, but they might consider themselves lucky considering the results of a new study published by Columbia University, which finds the number of fatal crashes involving the use of marijuana tripled from 2000 to 2010.

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That could raise new concerns about the growing push to legalize weed, a movement that has gained momentum since both Colorado and Washington approved the public use of the drug last year. (more…)

Getting High On The Highway A Mounting Concern

Drug-related fatalities on the rise, NHTSA reports.

by on Dec.06, 2010

Federal testing shows a rise in the use of drugs - whether legal or illegal - by motorists.

The increase in availability of “medical” marijuana only underscores the nation’s tolerance for drug use, whether for pharmaceutical or recreational applications.  But that worries federal safety regulators who are finding drugs involved in a growing number of accidents – especially fatal ones.

Just five years ago, a study of 15,363 drivers fatally injured in a traffic accident found 24.1%, or 3,710, had at least one drug in their system that could impact their behavior behind the wheel – whether marijuana, cocaine, heroin, or a variety of other narcotics, stimulants, depressants, steroids and hallucinogens.

Last year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports, the percentage had risen to 29%.  Of the 13,801 drivers tested, 3,952 indicated positive for drug use.

The results don’t specifically point to the increased use of recreational drugs.  Even over-the-counter anti-histamines can be dangerous – prescription and over-the-counter medicines were included in the testing.

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And NHTSA officials caution that the results of their findings could be misleading.  Also, some states are more lax about testing for drug use after a fatal accident.  Maine, for example, authorized tests in none of the 2009 fatal accidents, while all drivers killed behind the wheel were tested for drugs in Hawaii, North Carolina and the District of Columbia.