Man driving and smoking joint
A review of 25 years worth of car crash data has found a link between the so-called “high holiday” celebrated by marijuana users on April 20 (4/20) and a rise in fatal car accidents.
The significance of the date is debated, but has been linked to the story of a group of students in San Rafael, Calif., who used to meet after school at 4:20 pm to smoke pot.
The study conducted at the University of British Columbia looked at U.S. government statistics from 1992 – the year after an article in High Times magazine popularized the informal event – through 2016.
Researchers compared fatalities on that date to those one week before and after it and found there to be a 12 percent increase on average, which represents 142 deaths.
The study’s authors hypothesized a connection based on previous research that suggests driving after marijuana use is “surprisingly common” and can increase crash risk.
Other studies have found a similarly elevated risk linked with alcohol and driving on Super Bowl Sunday and New Year’s Eve.
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