October 30, 2018

Philadelphia, where marijuana is legalized, witnesses the onset of ‘opioid epidemic’ killing average 29 people in road accidents daily.

The Opioid Epidemic

Philadelphia is a state which has begun to take its road rules seriously. The number of car accidents due to driving while ‘high’ on either alcohol or drugs has been soaring for the last decade. The legalization of marijuana in a number of states in the USA along with the ‘opioid epidemic’ is possibly the factor behind this not so subtle spike according to the state authorities.

While drugs, of course, have become a growing problem, alcohol isn’t far behind either.

It is when the blood alcohol content is over 0.8, the individual is considered unfit to drive a vehicle.

Statistics show that one-third of all the traffic accidents in the USA are caused due to drunk driving or driving while under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.

In fact, every day, no less than 29 people on an average die in motor accidents, involving an alcohol-impaired driver.

Drugs and Driving Dangers

It was due to one such instance of a ‘drugged driver’ taking to the roads of Philadelphia that Ron Edwards lost his life. He was out driving his motorcycle when a speeding car ignored a red light, lost control and ran into him. The entire incident was caught on the surveillance cameras installed at the traffic signal in broad daylight.

Upon tests being conducted thereafter, it was discovered that the driver of the aforementioned vehicle had marijuana in his system at the time and was possibly ‘quite high’.

Time to Up the Repercussions

Edwards’ fiance Barb Deckert urged the authorities to come up with a uniform testing method to determine whether an individual is in a condition fit to drive a motor vehicle. All she can say is, “I just don’t want this to happen to somebody else”.

One can only hope that such accidents will decrease with more strict implementation of traffic rules and that the installation of surveillance cameras that help km apprehending the offenders will act as a strong deterrent factor.

Source: https://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2018/05/31/study-drug-car-accidents-alcohol-crashes/

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