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Smoking weed while driving

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BrilliantBetty · 04/04/2021 19:39

Out for a walk with a friend today. Lovely sunny day here.

We could smell weed, it was really strong. Guy in a large range rover smoking a big spliff, music blaring, right through the middle of the quiet town most of it is pedestrianised, no other cars about. He was possibly going a bit faster than he should have been.

Anyway my friend called the police and reported him using drugs at the wheel. While I don't think she was wrong, I was surprised that she actually called the police. I suppose it is illegal but it isn't uncommon to smell / spot someone driving around smoking weed here.

Was my friend R or U?

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Watchingthetelly · 04/04/2021 19:42

He’s driving under the influence and a risk to other road users. No different to someone drinking a beer behind the wheel. Your friend was definitely right to call. Can you imagine if she hadn’t and then that man hit someone?


Tinydinosaur · 04/04/2021 19:43

What? No she wasn't unreasonable. It's illegal because it's dangerous.


Fatladyslim · 04/04/2021 19:43

I'm concerned it's not an uncommon sight! Yabu


Igotjelly · 04/04/2021 19:44

I don’t think your friend was unreasonable, unfortunately round here it just isn’t seen the same as drinking behind the wheel and the police do nothing. It’s rife!


sjfjsnfkdhsbd · 04/04/2021 19:44

If it had been alcohol would your view be the same?


Ikeameatballs · 04/04/2021 19:46

Goodness! She was NBU. It’s illegal as it impairs the driver’s ability to drive safely.

Would you think she was unreasonable if the driver killed someone?


ForgedInFire · 04/04/2021 19:47

Good on her. I doubt anything will come of it though.


BrilliantBetty · 04/04/2021 19:52

As I said, I don't think she was wrong, I was just surprised. It's such a common thing, to smell a car go past stinking of weed but I've never once witnessed anyone else call the police.

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murbblurb · 04/04/2021 19:53

WTF? Of course it is illegal. And in an urban area there is less likely to be a tree that will deal with the problem as it should be dealt with. This skank is a danger to everyone else, not that bothered if he kills himself.

A lot of these types are above buying insurance, tax and an MoT - the police in north Wales catch a lot of them and crush the cars. You would think someone driving illegally would not draw attention to themselves, but they aren't the smartest.


Tal45 · 04/04/2021 19:56

I had an ex who crashed his car after/while smoking a splif, an idiotic thing to do, it was good that she reported him IMO.


CornishTiger · 04/04/2021 19:58

Good for her. More people need to do the same. Eventually the police will catch them if they know details.


Totallyworthit · 04/04/2021 20:09

Your friend WNBU. Good for her.


tenredthings · 04/04/2021 20:31

Here in Europe if you get stopped driving and they do a saliva test for canabis it's a 6 month ban, 6 points and a €1000 fine.


WhoWants2Know · 04/04/2021 20:33

I can't say I've ever noticed a car go past stinking of weed. But I don't see it as being any better than drink driving.


denverRegina · 04/04/2021 20:48

Don't you report drivers under the influence?


CuthbertDibbleandGrubb · 04/04/2021 20:49

I applaud your friend for doing so.


DontBeRidiculous · 04/04/2021 21:24

I wish more people were like your friend. There are reasons it's illegal to drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol.


OverTheRubicon · 04/04/2021 21:25

I'd never call the police for a group sitting around in a park smoking weed (there are many, where we live), but much more likely to do it for someone driving.


DoubleTweenQueen · 04/04/2021 21:26

Er, no - your friend did the right thing Hmm


MaLarkinn · 04/04/2021 21:30

I did this many moons ago straight into a checkpoint.


SofiaAmes · 04/04/2021 21:33

I live in Los Angeles where marijuana is legal both medicinally and recreationally. However it's considered dangerous and illegal to drive while smoking/high. If I saw someone smoking while driving, I would call the police, in the same way I would call the police if I saw someone drinking a beer while driving.


Hoghgyni · 04/04/2021 21:55

Yesterday a 17 year old on the Isle of Wight had to be airlifted to hospital after someone crashed into his motorbike. The driver has been charged with drug driving. I wish more people did what your friend did.


user1471423151 · 04/04/2021 22:04

Here in Bristol weed may as well be legal as people pretty much smoke it openly in public. Absolutely no issue from me as I enjoy it regularly myself.

Driving while toking though - absolutely not. Again, not uncommon here, the worst I have seen was following a car with two young (early 20’s) women with a young child in a car seat in the back, both blatantly smoking joints with the car surrounded by smoke.

The only positive is that I would far rather someone drove stoned instead of pissed, but that’s like saying I’d rather be stabbed than shot. Driving requires full use of your facilities.


JellyBabiesFan · 04/04/2021 22:13

Good on her. If more people did this and police take action these selfish arseholes might be off the roads.


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