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Marijuana and Driving – No Big Deal? Aug 10, 2022

This article was written by a CSUCI student.

There aren’t too many issues that collect the attention of so many as marijuana. This has been a heavily debated topic regarding its legalization for several decades, and appears to have almost no end in sight. Those that advocate for legalization claim that it has various health benefits such as pain relief and relief from traumatic disorders...

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Impaired Driving in California: Fast Facts and How to Prevent Teen Car Crashes Jul 06, 2022

Fast Facts

  • Drivers with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08% or higher (i.e., drunk drivers) are considered alcohol-impaired by law. 
  • About one in three traffic deaths in the United States involve a drunk driver. 
  • Thanks to dedicated efforts, rates of drunk driving and alcohol-involved fatal crashes have gone down in recent years. 
  • Still, drunk drivers got behind the...
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Risky Drinking Can Put a Chill on Your Summer Fun Jun 10, 2022

The following article was published by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.

Summer is a wonderful time for outdoor activities with family and friends. For some people, a day at the beach, on the boat, or at a backyard barbecue will include drinking alcoholic beverages. But risky drinking and summer activities don’t mix. Drinking impairs both physical and mental...

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Driving Challenges May 13, 2022

Written by David Zecua, a CSU Channel Islands Service Learning student.

How do you feel when you drive? Challenges on the road such as slow vehicles, heavy traffic, or bad weather can make you feel nervous when driving. Having a passenger or two or listening to loud music can be distracting as well. Imagine how much harder those challenges can be when you get behind the wheel...

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Impaired Driving: How Marijuana, Alcohol, and Prescription Drugs Can Affect You Apr 27, 2022

What is Impaired Driving?

Impaired driving is operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, legal or illegal drugs.

Alcohol-impaired driving

Alcohol has a significant effect on driving skills due to its depressant effects. While under the influence of alcohol, drivers can misjudge their capabilities and experience the following:

  • Decreased reaction time due to slower reflexes
  • ...
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The Dangers of Impaired Driving Apr 01, 2022

In an average year, 30 million Americans drive drunk, and 10 million Americans drive impaired by illicit drugs. A 2010 survey by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) revealed that 13.2 percent of all people aged 16 or older drove under the influence of alcohol and 4.3 percent drove under the influence of illicit drugs during the past year. ...

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Drug-impaired Driving: How Cannabis Impairs Drivers Mar 30, 2022

Drugs can impair your ability to drive safely and increase the risk of getting into a collision. In fact, cannabis increases your chance of a car accident. The percentage of Canadian drivers killed in vehicle crashes who test positive for drugs (40%) now actually exceeds the numbers who test positive for alcohol (33%). Impaired driving is the leading criminal cause of death and injury in...

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Impaired Driving: Data and Resources for California Mar 30, 2022

Information taken from CDC.gov

Every day, 29 people in the United States die in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver. This is one death every 50 minutes. The annual cost of alcohol-related crashes totals more than $44 billion.

About one in three traffic deaths in the United States involve a driver with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08% or higher. Drivers with...

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Why is Impaired Driving a Social Norm? Mar 24, 2022

Written by Kyra Boring

Have you or someone you know ever gotten behind the wheel while impaired by drugs or alcohol? Have you or a friend ever said, “I feel just fine! I’ve only had a few drinks.” Although we may often hear people swear they will never drive while under the influence, the reality is that too many people do it every day. Why is this?

As reported by American...

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St. Patrick's Day & Impaired Driving Mar 16, 2022

It's that time of year again - our days are becoming longer, the weather is warming up, and that means Spring, and St. Patrick's Day, are right around the corner. In America, St. Patrick's Day is considered one of the most popular drinking holidays of the year. It is the norm for many young adults to go out to a bar and celebrate by drinking with their friends. Unfortunately, it has also...

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The News Feb 19, 2022

Written by a CSUCI student.

It’s a harrowing scene tonight, Scott. Witnesses say it was like watching a superhero movie; tragically, the villain won. Onlookers say the driver of this Chevy swerved into oncoming traffic, seemingly playing chicken with a fully loaded 72 passenger bus, and then swerved at the last moment into the river. The school bus belongs to Mariposa Elementary School,...

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