Cannabis Use and Road Safety: What You Need to Know
With recreational cannabis soon to be legal in Canada, many people are concerned about the impact this may have on road safety. There is a lot of misinformation about the effects of cannabis on driving abilities, and some drivers could be remembering false information from their youth. It's important to be informed as to how cannabis can affect driving skills in order to protect yourself, and others, while on the road.
Car collisions, whether they were caused by alcohol, drug use or by accident, can result in severe personal injuries. The injuries can range from minor bumps and bruises to more catastrophic injuries such as spinal cord damage and brain injuries. Speaking with a personal injury lawyer can help you identify the extent of your injuries, and any losses you may claim.
Disproving the Myths Surrounding Cannabis Use
The Canadian Automobile Association has put together a quick informational post for what drivers should know about the effects of cannabis. According to the site, both young and old drivers may believe that using cannabis while driving allows you to drive slower, more focused and enhance your driving abilities overall.
The Reality of Driving While Under the Influence
The reality is that these myths are just that - myths. According to a scientist for the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health interviewed for the article, cannabis inhibits an individual's:
- ability to focus and concentrate
- coordination and reaction time
- line of sight and depth perception
Any one of these effects can cause a person to lose control of a vehicle, even for a second, which could result in an accident. These effects put everyone at risk.
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