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April 22, 2019 | Number of The Day
Marijuana users (in states where it’s legal) who admit to driving under the influence

Driving while under the influence of marijuana is become a bigger issue as more states legalize recreational use of the drug; it also has been a concern for many opponents of legalization in New Jersey. Experts agree that more research is needed to understand the impacts of marijuana on driving and road safety and to establish safe driving rules. A new survey in the 10 states, plus Washington, D.C., where recreational use is legal, finds that absent many guidelines, drivers are making very different decisions about driving after using it.

The survey, by the car insurance comparison website The Zebra, found that 60 percent of users said they drive while under the influence of marijuana. And 60 percent said they decide if they’re fit to drive (after partaking) based on how they feel, but only 27 percent said they trust others to know when they’re too impaired to drive. More than a quarter of those surveyed (26 percent) said they drive within an hour of using marijuana. Seven percent said they use marijuana while driving. One respondent in that last category said, “I usually smoke marijuana if I’m waiting in a car, but sometimes while driving. I don’t think people should drink and drive however.”