| Posted on Wed, February, 19th 2014 by THCFinder
It's pretty upsetting when a plant is blamed for a negative event when there are other factors involved that have a far larger helping hand then the plant that we all love so much. Take for example an article I read that was titled "Driver On Cannabis Before Fatal Crash". Published in the Otago Daily Times, the article tells the story of a terrible car accident in which driver Iain Stewart Crisp, 45, took the life of 24-year old Gregory Woledge, who was driving his work van with his 23-year old coworker Ashley Donkersly.
Crisp allegedly smoked marijuana before getting in to his vehicle that day. He veered in to the other lane and crashed head on in to Woledge's work van, sending the van rolling over the side of a bridge and in to the water below. Woledge was stuck in the sinking van and was unable to be rescued. His coworker was saved by Constable Deane O'Connor, who leapt in to the water right after the van fell. Both men were treated for hypothermia after emerging from the water.
Employed as a bus driver, Crisp had already driven his maximum amount of hours (this happened three times previously as well, showing that Crisp was clearly working far too hard and long for a normal person) and had been deprived of sleep. The amount of cannabis in his bloodstream at the time of the crash was enough to be considered a single joint, not nearly enough to cause a seasoned cannabis user to fall asleep at the wheel and veer in to oncoming traffic. Crisp told authorities that he had no recollection of even driving on to the bridge, let alone the actual crash itself, as the man falsified his logbook that day, writing his sign out time at least two and a half hours after the crash happened.
While the title of the referenced article makes it seem as if cannabis is the sole cause of this tragic accident, it's clear that there were other factors leading up to it. The lack of sleep for humans can be life threatening and can cause the deprived to randomly fall asleep, presenting serious danger if the person happen to be behind the wheel. It's definitely clear that cannabis was not the sole cause of this tragedy and it should be acknowledge that there are other factors involved, especially something as severe as sleep deprivation.