April 20th, or as many people call it, “4/20” has become popular day among many people who use recreational marijuana.
But researchers argue that this day may have serious consequences, which includes an increase in deadly car crashes in the United States.
A new study shows there’s a 12 percent increase in the risk of a deadly car accident happening on April 20th.
The study found the risk was 38 percent higher for drivers under 21. The data was published by JAMA Internal Medicine and looked at 25 years of deadly crashes in the U.S.
It also compared the number of drivers involved in deadly crashes from 4:20pm to midnight on April 20th.
One driver told 22News he doesn’t worry about being on the road on April 20th.
“I’ve always noticed people behind the wheel on alcohol tend to be a lot worse than people who smoke some weed and start driving,” said Joey Rufo. “I think there’s probably an increase in people doing both and that’s where the problem would come in.”
You could also find yourself in trouble with the law if you use marijuana and get behind the wheel.
“You can be placed under arrest for operating under the influence of a drug, which would be marijuana,” said Chicopee Police Officer Mike Wilk. “It’s just like an open container of alcohol in a car.. you’re not allowed to do it.”
Wilk told 22News their department will also have an increase in patrols on the roads to monitor traffic.