Time of Day of WA State Marijuana Fatal Crashes Differ from DUI Fatalities with the After Work Period (4 to 8pm) having 30% of the Marijuana Fatalities, Compared to DUI Fatalities at Midnight to 4am

    SAN FRANCISCO, CA, December 28, 2016 /24-7PressRelease/ — Phillip Drum, Pharm. D. one the authors of the report states, “This data shows that a higher risk of fatal driving from marijuana use commonly occurs in the evening after a normal work day on a daily basis and on Saturdays probably in an attempt to reduce the risk of an employer testing them positive for marijuana.”

A steady decline in blood testing for marijuana since 2013 probably masks the true extent of marijuana fatality problem. 48% of the drivers were not tested, with less testing during the day and in large western WA counties along Interstate 5.

“With the national spotlight on Washington following approval of marijuana for recreational use, it is deplorable that the state has no test results for 377 fatal crash drivers in 2015, while simultaneously experiencing an increased number of marijuana driving fatalities,” states Al Crancer, lead researcher.

Alcohol use is heavily involved in marijuana driving fatalities with more than 40% of marijuana drivers also DUI.