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Pot safer for drivers than alcohol: study
TORONTO (CP) Canadian Press — Getting high on marijuana doesn’t hinder the ability to drive nearly as much as drinking alcohol, a University of Toronto study suggests.
While marijuana, like alcohol, impairs performance, people who drive after smoking moderate amounts of pot compensate by driving more slowly and cautiously, said researcher Alison Smiley.
“Their behavior is more appropriate to their impairment, whereas subjects who received alcohol tended to drive in a more risky manner.: said Smiley, an adjunct professor in the university’s mechanical and industrial engineering department.
But Const. Barry White, who coordinates Toronto’s RIDE program, says any amount of marijuana negatively impairs driving ability.