US: states need to rethink impaired driving laws because of marijuana image

Because the legalization of marijuana has become a widespread fact now, US states need to answer one simple – but utterly complicated in the end – question: how much of the drug can be used before it becomes a hazard to traffic safety?

According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, not just the states are baffled with the idea, with a recent study showing that almost 50% of Americans feel concerned and think drug-impaired drivers are a bigger worry today than they were just three years ago. According to the research though, 85% of US citizens are in favor of marijuana-impairment laws – the only problem here being the actual definition of “impairment” – both for regular people and for law enforcement organizations.

Peter Kissinger, president and CEO of the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety says that all states specifically prohibit driving under the influence of drugs, but some of them have a significant variation when it comes to the minimum acceptable levels of marijuana. Sixteen states for example prohibit just the presence of illegal drugs, five have designated specific levels for marijuana and many citizens actually have no idea of the laws that exist in their own state of residence.