Insurance Company Claims Stoned Driving Is "Safe"

By Valerie Tejeda 04/09/12
A controversial new survey contradicts previous evidence of the dangers of driving high.

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An auto insurance company has put forward the controversial claim that driving high may actually decrease your chances of an accident. A new study, conducted by United States auto insurance quote provider, counters prior research that has indicated pot use while driving may double your risk of an accident. Researchers looked at statistics regarding traffic violations, accidents, and insurance prices and the results showed that traffic fatalities have dropped by 9% in states that have legalized the use of medical marijuana. "Marijuana users often say that when they are high, they feel like they are driving 80 miles per hour but actually are only going 30 miles per hour," says CEO James Shaffer, "when somebody is drunk driving, on the other hand, they often feel like they are driving 30 miles per hour but are actually driving 80 miles per hour. This is what makes alcohol dangerous behind the wheel, and marijuana safe." believes that marijuana use can indirectly lower insurance rates due to the correlation between low accidents statistics amongst marijuana users. "The hypocrisy of it all is that if you get caught driving under the influence of marijuana, you will be fined and perhaps thrown into jail. What's worse is that your insurance rates will definitely increase due to the traffic violation," says Shaffer. "What law enforcement agencies and insurers do not understand is that driving while high is actually a safe activity." His claim will not go uncontested.

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Entertainment journalist and author Valerie Tejeda spends her days reporting on books, television, and all things pertaining to pop culture, and spends her nights writing novels for teens. Her stories have appeared on a variety of different publications, including but not limited to: VanityFair, MTV, The Huffington Post, TeenVogue, She Knows, Latina, The Fix,, Cosmopolitan, and more. You can find Valerie on Linkedin and Twitter.