One of the misperceptions that’s going around these days is that driving under the influence of marijuana is somehow less dangerous that driving while drunk.
People can – and have – argued that marijuana does not pose the same health risks as alcohol in general. But driving high is another matter. A series of funny videos from a Canadian campaign, Eggs on Weed, make the point in a more spirited fashion.
There’s a reason for the false belief that driving high is safe: while alcohol dulls one’s judgment, marijuana sometimes gives a person the impression that they are an even better driver than normal. That’s because people sometimes focus for a long time on one thing while high. It’s easy to mistake this hyperfocusing for good concentration, but they’re not the same thing, as the user is not in control of what they’re focusing on.
Another issue, addressed in this video, is that marijuana severely impairs peripheral vision, which can be lethal. In the resources section of the Eggs on Weed website you can read the conclusion from a BMJ meta-study:
Acute cannabis consumption is associated with an increased risk of a motor vehicle crash, especially for fatal collisions. ”
The organizations arrive alive DRIVE SOBER and Ontario Students Against Impaired Driving (OSAID) have partnered with the Ontario Ministry of Transportation to produce not only these delighful videos but some other materials (t-shirts, tattoos, DVDs) that schools can use to educate students on the dangers of marijuana-impaired driving.
So, does egg-based humor work? We’re hoping that it helps to make the message go over easy, and help prevent crack-ups better than the standard hard-boiled approach.