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Drunk driving vs. stoned driving, Who wins?

Slowly but surely, some state lawmakers are trying to legalize marijuana. Whether it’s through medicinal use or the decriminalization of small amounts, it’s happening. But there are lots of things that need to get figured out before America can be a tokin’ up free-for-all.

One example is driving. With booze, laws are pretty clear: the legal limit is .08. That’s what someone decided was the most amount of alcohol someone could have in their system and be O.K. behind the wheel.

With weed, it’s not as clear. Blood tests can trace the drug days after use.

The question is; is there a safe level of high someone can be and still drive?

Two guys in the pot-friendly state of Colorado participated in a little test to determine who is a better driver: someone who is drunk or someone who is high?

One guy loaded up on whiskey and got in a driving simulator. He sucked.

Another guy, who is prescribed the green, lit up, then took a stab at the simulator. Standing next to him was Thornton Police Officer Mark Ashby, who said “Justin is doing pretty well. He’s not having any delays in his driving. He’s looking in all directions, and he hasn’t shown any impairment I can notice.”

Determined to prove a point, the guy then had some whiskey. High and drunk, he got back in the driver’s seat. He was terrible.

Maybe this will give lawmakers something to think about.

For now, let’s all take Officer Ashby’s advice. He says “it doesn’t matter what the chemical is, if the impairment is from drugs or alcohol, you’re breaking the law.”

So kids, don’t try this at home.


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