Bay Area's deadly pot-related crash added to list of tragedies in other cannabis-friendly states
The horrific collision Tuesday night on Interstate 880 in Fremont that claimed three lives is just the latest in a string of deadly wrecks involving a cannabis-impaired driver.
The suspect in this week’s wreck, which tied up the highway until the morning commute, was reportedly driving recklessly and at a high rate of speed on 880 before the crash occured. That driver was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of marijuana and is suspected of causing the collision. The suspect was identified as Dang Nguyen Hai Tran, 21, of San Jose.
According to Sgt. Rob Nacke, spokesman for the CHP’s Golden Gate District, which includes the nine-county Bay Area, if the trend since 2017 continues, 2018 could see a 70-percent rise in pot DUI arrests. Nacke on Wednesday released these statistics for the local region in 2017:
DUI arrests solely for cannabis: 197 DUI arrests involving cannabis and alcohol: 183 Traffic collision with property damage and a cannabis-only DUI arrest: 22 Traffic collisions with an injury and a cannabis-only DUI arrest: 7 Traffic collisions with a death and a cannabis-only DUI arrest: zero When there’s alcohol as well as cannabis, injury collisions jump to 24 and fatal collisions for 2017 stood at 7
For January-mid Apri, 2018:
DUI arrests solely for cannabis: 87 DUI arrests involving cannabis and alcohol: 60 Traffic collision with property damage and a cannabis-only DUI arrest: 9 Traffic collisions with an injury and a cannabis-only DUI arrest: 7 Traffic collsions with a death and a cannbis-only DUI arrest: zero When there’s alcohol as well as cannabis, injury collisions stood at 4 and there was one fatal collision.
Finally, the CHP this year started tracking incidents involving drivers pulled over for erratic driving where marijuana was detected (for example, drug paraphernalia or a stoned passenger was