Criminal justice planner explains how driving high is as bad as driving drunk

Published: Nov. 30, 2022 at 10:49 AM EST|Updated: Dec. 1, 2022 at 11:51 AM EST
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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) - A recent survey revealed a lot of people do not think driving under the influence of cannabis is as dangerous as texting and driving or driving drunk.

Local Criminal Justice Planner Frank Sottaceti said 227 cases of driving under the influence have been reported in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County over the last year.

Experts say never have substances in your system that can impair your judgement and senses when you’re behind the wheel. While there is no official measure for how much cannabis in your system would be deemed too much, Sottaceti shared it can affect your driving, like alcohol.

“You may not see something that you really see,” Sottaceti said, “The steering wheel might not operate like it normally operates within your hands because your hands are in operating correctly and your reaction time of your feet hands, and eyes are affected detrimentally.”

Whether you have a substance in you or not, Sottaceti said it is up to you to be a safe driver.

The National Library of Medicine reports marijuana can stay in your bloodstream for up to 28 days. It also shared that the effects of cannabis can also make driving dangerous with the chances of paranoia and panic attacks.