Most Americans think they won’t get caught driving while high on marijuana, a new AAA Foundation survey finds.
Nearly 70% of the nearly 2,600 licensed drivers polled think there’s a low chance that a driver using pot will be stopped by police.
“Marijuana can significantly alter reaction times and impair a driver’s judgment,” said David Yang, the foundation’s executive director. “Yet, many drivers don’t consider marijuana-impaired driving as risky as other behaviors like driving drunk or talking on the phone while driving.”
Seven percent of survey respondents said they approved of driving after recently using marijuana, more than other dangerous behaviors such as alcohol-impaired driving (1.6%); drowsy driving (1.7%); and prescription drug-impaired driving (3%).
Millennials (nearly 14%) were most likely to report having driven within an hour of using marijuana in the past month, followed by Generation Z (10%). (Millennials are 25 to 39 years old; members of Generation Z are 24 and younger.)
Men (8%) were more likely than women (5%) to report driving shortly after using marijuana in the past month, the survey found.