Analysis of the Depiction of Statistics in the Media

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Article: Marijuana Raises Risk of Fatal Car Crash Main Claim: The use of Marijuana doubles the chances of being involved in a fatal car accident. This article is full of misleading and manipulated statistics.  The article states that people who  drive after using marijuana are twice as likely to be involved in a fatal car crash.  Upon reading this I have  to ask, twice as likely as what? They are certainly not more likely than drivers under the influence of  alcohol.  Also, the statement is so vague that it could literally mean, "Drivers who use marijuana have a  4% chance of getting in a fatal accident compared to the 2% recorded for drivers not under the influence."  The article never clearly states a statistic; instead it hides behind comparisons and unclear statements.  The article also claims that "twice as many drivers involved in fatal car accidents tested positive  for marijuana."  However, the prior statement is about the prevalence of drivers using marijuana and  another substance that generally impairs driving even more, such as alcohol or cocaine. Therefore, it is  unclear if this statement is referring to driver who where only under the influence of marijuana or if it is  counting drivers under the influence of marijuana and other drugs.  Furthermore, unlike "harder" drugs,  marijuana is detectable in the system of the user for up to a month after the last use. Therefore, when  research states that a subject tested positive for marijuana use, it is not definitive when the use occurred. 
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This note was uploaded on 05/11/2008 for the course PSY 3303 taught by Professor Zappardino during the Spring '08 term at McDaniel.

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