Traffic Safety Culture Pooled Fund Project: An assessment of traffic safety culture related to driving after cannabis use

The Center for Health Safety Culture engaged in a research project with the Traffic Safety Culture Pooled Fund to better understand the cultural factors associated with driving under the influence of cannabis. An important risk factor in traffic safety is use of drugs that impair driver perception, decision-making, and skill.  Cannabis has been shown to impair driver ability, and its use is on the increase. Several states have legalized recreational cannabis use, and more are considering legalization. Increased use of cannabis among drivers may pose a barrier to achieving a zero deaths strategy. Therefore, understanding the cultural factors that influence driving under the influence of cannabis is critical in addressing this problem.

The Center developed, implemented, and analyzed surveys to better understand the cultural factors that influence driving after using cannabis. Recommendations based on the analyses will inform potential interventions and policy decisions about this timely issue.

For more information, visit MDT Transportation Pooled Fund Traffic Safety Culture. Final reports for this project can be found at www.mdt.mt.gov/research/projects/cannabis-use.shtml.