Data from the Miami Valley OVI Task Force also show in Montgomery County that one out of every five OVI crashes was drug-related.
“In Montgomery County, we do know that, unfortunately, young people are seeing, they’re perceiving marijuana to be less risky,” and that driving while high isn’t as dangerous as drunken driving, Eppley said.
"Oftentimes people joke about ‘Oh, what are they doing to do, are they going to drive slower?’ Truly yeah, individuals will drive slower, they’ll have slower reaction times, slower judgment, slower coordination; it decreases their ability to multitask,” Eppley said.
Meanwhile, the city of Dayton recently got rid of fines and court fees for minor misdemeanor marijuana violations -- a move leaders at the county ADAMHS council said is a safety issue because it could increase the number of drug-related OVI crashes in the city.
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