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Marijuana Use, Car Crashes Increase Linked, Study Says

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Marijuana use has been linked to a rise in car crashes in states where pot has been legalized for recreational purposes, according to a new study.

The study, published Thursday by the Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI), says the frequency of automobile collision insurance claims has increased by 3 percent in states where marijuana is legal – Colorado, Oregon and Washington.

"We’re concerned about what we’re seeing," said Matt Moore, senior vice president of the HLDI, according to CNBC. "We see strong evidence of an increased crash risk in states that have approved recreational marijuana sales."

"We believe that the data is saying that crash risk has increased in these states and those crash risks are associated with the legalization of marijuana," Moore said, according to the International Business Times.

Despite these claims, it’s not clear whether those involved in the collisions were under the influence of marijuana at the time of the accidents, CNBC noted. The study also didn't record the fatality rates in states where marijuana is legal.

"The problem here is that it’s a pretty new experience," said Carole Walker of the Rocky Mountain Insurance Information Association, according to IBT. "This is the first study that has been able to isolate legal pot as one of the factors."

The study looked at how collision claim rates rates have changed since marijuana was legalized in those states and compared them to collision claim rates in states that that haven't legalized marijuana, CNBC noted.

The study found that there had been a 16 percent increase in collisions in Colorado, a 6.2 percent increase in Washington and a 4.5 percent increase in Oregon.

"Colorado has had legal pot sales the longest and it is showing the greatest effect," Moore said, according to CNBC. "Meanwhile, Oregon has had pot sales for the shortest amount of time, so its increase is the lowest, but that could change over time."

These new findings raise questions about what can be done to reduce marijuana-impaired driving.

"While we have proven countermeasures, proven strategies for reducing alcohol-impaired driving, there are a lot of unanswered questions about marijuana and driving," said Russ Rader, a spokesman for the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, IBT noted.

"We’re concerned about impaired driving in general," said Moore, according to CNBC. "Marijuana just layers on top of other impairments like alcohol."

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