More stoned-driving news

The latest threat on the road: stoned drivers
michael kesterton, Globe and Mail, Jul. 05, 2011
Driving while stoned
“It was his green tongue that helped give away Jimmy Candido Flores when police arrived at the fatal accident scene near Chico [Calif.],” reports the Los Angeles Times. “Flores had run off the road and killed a jogger, Carrie Jean Holiman, a 56-year-old Chico elementary school teacher. California Highway Patrol officers thought he might be impaired and conducted a sobriety examination. Flores’s tongue had a green coat typical of heavy marijuana users and a later test showed he had pot, as well as other drugs, in his blood. After pleading guilty to manslaughter, Flores, a medical marijuana user, was sentenced in February to 10 years and eight months in prison. Holliman’s death and others like it across the nation hint at what experts say is an unrecognized crisis: stoned drivers.”
Study finds large number of impaired drivers on the roads
michael kesterton, Globe and Mail, June 26, 2011
Impaired drivers
“Drunk or impaired drivers cause plenty of problems on the nation’s roadways,” says the Los Angeles Times. “And, according to the first study of its kind, a frightening number of drivers are not fit to drive. Researchers from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and two other institutions set out to randomly sample drivers’ sobriety in the 2007 U.S. National Roadside Survey. Authorities stopped drivers at 300 locations in 48 states during four periods on Friday and Saturday nights. At 60 of the locations, drivers were stopped during a daytime period. … Among daytime drivers, 11 per cent were positive for drug use based on saliva tests; 6 per cent of daytime drivers tested positive for illegal substances. In contrast, 14.4 per cent of nighttime drivers tested positive for drugs; 10 per cent of drivers tested positive for illegal drugs.”

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