AAA report: Millions of Americans are getting behind the wheel high


A new study by the AAA Foundation reports an estimated 15 million people admit to getting behind the wheel within one hour of smoking marijuana, and doctors say people who drive after using marijuana double their chances of getting into a car crash.

Even more shocking, 70 percent of Americans don’t believe a driver will get caught by police for driving while high.

The report showed millennials (nearly 14 percent) are most likely to report driving within one hour after using marijuana in the past 30 days followed by Generation Z (10 percent).

Our team is digging deeper to learn how this trend has impacted crashes in the commonwealth of Virginia.

According to the Virginia Highway Traffic Safety Office, drivers ages 21 to 25 had the highest number of people injured in 2018 due to car crashes with more than 8,000 people injured.

The amount of car crashes across the state has increased by 4 percent since 2017 with a crash happening on average every four minutes.

This study comes on the cusp of Virginia figures, like Attorney General Mark Herring, calling for the decriminalization of the drug.

AAA experts recommend all motorists to avoid driving while impaired.

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