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Driving high questioned on busy day in US Congress

July 31, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — Amid all the congressional debates, U.S. lawmakers are also wondering whether driving cars after smoking marijuana is dangerous.

Among the unanswered questions is: Would drivers who are ‘high’ travel too fast or too slow for safety?

Congressman John Mica, a Republican, convened a hearing Thursday of a Transportation subcommittee. He says he’s worried that growing numbers of drivers are impaired, increasingly with a mix of drugs and alcohol. But he says it’s nearly impossible to gauge the danger. Unlike with alcohol, there there’s no way to quickly test drivers.

Congressman Gerald Connolly, a Democrat, says it’s just as possible that pot doesn’t pose as much a risk as alcohol. He says drivers who are high on marijuana may even drive slower.

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