Results from a French study published Wednesday indicate drivers under the influence of alcohol are decidedly more likely to be involved in a fatal car accident than marijuana users.
The recent PLOS One study found motorists in France under the influence of marijuana increase their probability of causing a fatal car accident by 1.65 percent – while “drivers under the influence of alcohol are 17.8 times more likely to be responsible for a fatal accident.”
The study examined the specific correlation between fatal car accidents and driving under the influence of alcohol and marijuana. Additionally, the researchers examined the role amphetamines, cocaine, and opiates played in France’s traffic fatalities.
For the study, Jean-Louis Martin analyzed fatal car accidents occurring in Metropolitan France during 2011 and compared them to a similar study conducted between 2001 and 2003. By scrutinizing the toxicology of 4,059 deceased drivers for “300 characteristics,” the study assessed