A New York car accident attorney discusses the dangers of driving while under the influence of marijuana.
In New York, a person is guilty of a DUI if he or she operates a motor vehicle while the his or her ability to operate such a motor vehicle is impaired by the use of a drug, or he or she is impaired by the combined influence of drugs or of alcohol and any drug or drugs.
McKinney’s Vehicle and Traffic Law §§ 1192(4)(a).
Just recently a NY teen charged in death of 4 in car crash tested positive for marijuana.
MINEOLA, N.Y. — A teenager who tested positive for marijuana was arrested Friday in the death of four of his friends in a Long Island car crash after felony charges in an indictment were unsealed, a prosecutor said.
Multiple felonies were brought after an analysis of a blood sample taken from from the teen two hours after the crash tested positive for marijuana.
He was indicted on aggravated vehicular homicide, second-degree manslaughter and other charges that could carry a 25-year prison sentence upon conviction.
The teen was driving more than 110 mph at 3:35 a.m. on Oct. 8 when he lost control of his car, crashing into trees in West Hempstead. The crash, which ripped the vehicle in half, killed three 18-year-olds and a 17-year-old, all from Queens, where they had attended the same high school as the teen. This teen chose to smoke weed and drive.
Smoking Marijuana and driving is no different than drinking and driving. In New York the laws are straight forward. Possession of marijuana is illegal in New York. There are those whop are working to legalize medical marijuana.
Studies have shown that people who smoke and drive are nearly twice as likely to cause a car crash as those not under the influence of alcohol or drugs. With states throughout the United States trying to legalize the usage of marijuana, the question is…
HOW WILL LEGALIZING MARIJUANA WORK?
Driving High on Marijuana Doubles One’s Chances of a Serious Car Crash.
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