VIDEO - Cannabis & Collisions: Dr. Jeff Brubaker
Webinar hosted by the BC Injury Prevention Unit and conducted by Dr. Jeff Brubacher, Associate Professor, Dept. of Emergency Medicine, University of British Columbia. Unfortunately, the video sound is poor.
Abstract: Acute cannabis use results in attention deficits, slowed information processing, impaired coordination, and slowed reaction time. Systematic reviews suggest that drivers who use cannabis have an increased risk of being involved in a collision, although the risk is less than that associated with alcohol. Young, inexperienced drivers may be at particularly high risk of crashing after using cannabis.
Furthermore, cannabis combined with alcohol, even at low doses, causes significant impairment and likely results in a high risk of collision.
Cannabis edibles have not been well studied but there is reason to think that edibles may pose a risk to traffic safety especially in cases of accidental ingestion or unintentional overdose.
How much concern should we have regarding cannabis associated motor vehicle collision risks?
This talk summarizes our knowledge regarding cannabis and motor vehicle collisions and provides recommendations.
Dr. Jeff Brubacher has been self-perpetuating his job by cherry picking road stats for a decade now. For the highway speed re-review in 2017 he even included accidents on local roads surrounding highways to bolster his point that the higher speed limits has lead to higher accident rates on the highway itself. He ignored the evidence that showed no significant change in over-all travel speeds after speed limit increase and that the average traveling speed actually dropped in the two years immediately after the review due to inclement weather. Because it is his job.
I am continually disappointed that he is employed and paid for the "activities" that he undertakes. His opinions rarely stem from an observable reality and many of his conclusions are predetermined to push Zero-vision agenda. Whenever I see Dr. Jeff Brubacher opining about roads, driving, car, impairment, speed, accident, emergency I know that this is purely a conjecture made out of things that sound good. Whatever the data, whatever the facts, Dr. Jeff Brubacher conclusion is always that which benefits his future employment.
I will take the opinions of Hon. Todd Stone over the subversive contra-facts of Dr. Jeff Brubacher.
And I'll add that since there are relatively few deaths on BC roads, and that the overall trend has been declining, it is past-time for us to stop looking at the "big picture" - that is using statistics and conjecture and start granularly investigating each case. Because "the big picture" shows that over 100 people die in BC on average per year due to cell-phones, while the granular approach of the BC coroner service puts it at 14.
The "post-truth" approach by the likes of Dr. Jeff Brubacher has removed policies that worked and replaced them with policies that sounded good.