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Drinking remains the number one cause of accidents and deaths from impaired driving. However, an increasing number of drivers are testing positive for marijuana. Here are the latest reports on this growing public safety concern.

Motorcycle fatalities increased almost 10 percent in 2012, with more than 5,000 lives lost as a result of motorcycle accidents. Motorcycle deaths have increased in 14 of the last 15 years, and annual deaths are reaching an all-time high. About 80 percent of reported motorcycle crashes result in injury or death, compared to about 20 percent for vehicles.
Combating the natural dangers of a motorcycle requires taking extra precautions. Luckily, there are pieces of motorcycle safety equipment that can greatly reduce the risk of serious injury or death. Find more information on motorcycle safety.
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Elizabeth Kemble, a widely admired advocate for kidney health in Oregon, was out for a walk following her third kidney transplant when she was killed by a driver who admitted to smoking marijuana minutes earlier. Debra Majkut, an Ohio mother of two, was sitting on her couch with her children and a nephew when a woman high on pot crashed into Majkut’s home, killing her and seriously injuring her infant son.

Nightmare scenarios like these are exactly what safety advocates predict will become commonplace on our nation’s roads as the list of states legalizing marijuana for either recreational or medicinal use continues to grow. But instead of clearing the smoke, conflicting studies and a patchwork of state laws have complicated this issue for all of us concerned about impaired driving.

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Say Yes

A recent Rutgers-Eagleton poll found that 58 percent of New Jersey residents favor legalizing marijuana for recreational use.


The number of drivers with marijuana in their systems grew nearly 50 percent from 2007 to 2014, according to a national roadside survey.

1 in 8

A recent study of high school seniors showed that one in eight admitted to using marijuana before driving.


New Jersey Legislator Seeks to Legalize Marijuana

State Senator Nicholas Scutari has introduced legislation to make recreational use of marijuana legal in New Jersey.
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New Simulator Tests Drivers on Pot

A new, first-of-its-kind driving simulator is helping researchers study the effects of marijuana use on driving. View video.

Fatal Crashes Involving Marijuana Double

According to a new AAA study, fatal crashes involving a driver who recently used marijuana nearly doubled in the year since legalization in Washington state. View video.

Sneak Peek: Let’s Ride Safely

Statistics show that the percentage of intoxicated motorcycle riders in fatal crashes is greater than the percentage of intoxicated drivers on U.S. roads. Next month: motorcycle safety.

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More Drivers Using Marijuana

An NPR investigation finds that more drivers are using marijuana, but experts can’t agree on what that means for traffic safety.

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