Car accidents are expected to become the fifth leading cause of death by 2030 because too many careless drivers are on the roads. Every year, nearly 1.3 million people die from a car accident, which is 3,287 deaths a day, more than half of which are adults younger than 50. And additional 20-50 million people are injured every year from a car accident, which costs countries 1-2% of their annual GDP. These statistics don’t seem to stop carmakers from creating new cars or drivers from buying new cars, so motor vehicles will only continue to be a danger. While cars have reported numbers of fatalities, marijuana has reported none because there are many things in a car that are far more dangerous than cannabis.
Cell phones are one of the most dangerous things in cars because distracted driving is a leading cause of car accidents. In 2015, distracted driving took over 3,000 lives in the United States because during the day, approximately 660,000 drivers use their cell phones while driving. Car radios are also dangerous because they are the most common form of distracted driving. Radios are so distracting because they are a visual, cognitive, and manual distraction that takes your eyes, mind, and hands of the road. Marijuana can also be a visual, cognitive, and manual distraction, so you certainly don’t want to drive while under the influence of any kind.