Drugged Drivers Create a Serious Road Menace
I’m Ed Smith, a Car Accident Attorney in Sacramento. At present, more and more Californians are faced with receiving tickets for driving under the influence of marijuana (or other drugs). Yet at the same time, research scientists are still frustrated by the difficulty in isolating a specific number for determining when someone is too “high” to drive. It’s a far more complex situation than what scientists faced back when they first had to determine the most accurate blood-alcohol concentration numbers for drunk driving long ago.
Part of the problem is that when someone is “high” or impaired due to marijuana use, their peak levels of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the active ingredient in the drug, don’t always correlate with their levels of impairment. Furthermore, people’s blood levels can rise and fall in unpredictable patterns over time. While states like Washington and Colorado have chosen a THC level of five nanograms of THC as their limit, California remains undecided.