Drivers who are impaired by drugs put themselves and other road users at risk
The NZTA states:
"ESR research shows that around one-quarter of all drivers and motorcyclists killed in road crashes were found to have cannabis present in their system, with or without other substances" Inferring that cannabis was a contributing factor in the road crash and a cause of death.
While driving intoxicated with cannabis is unacceptable and cannot be defended – it is important to speak the truth and be clear about the current state of affairs. This statement is [deliberately?] misleading and ambiguous.
1. How many crashes and fatalities involved only cannabi?
2. Of those involving cannabis what percentage involved cannabis consumed in the past 24 hours – cannabis can stay in the system for over four weeks?
3. What percentage of thos involving cannabis also included alcohol?
Further, the adverts – often involving immigrant shop keepers for some reason – portray people who use cannabis as inconsiderate, ignorant and irresponsible users who have little idea about the risks to others. While accepting the importance of raising awareness of the risks of drug driving, I think this is likely to further fuel stigma and discrimination towards illicit drug users.
Imagine if the same adverts were done to potray people on prescribed medication in the same way – an equally risky drug driving issue – but there would rightly be an uproar if people on meds were portrayed as inconsiderate, ignorant and irresponsible users driving around in a dazed stupor
See on www.nzta.govt.nz