February 27, 2003

anti-drug commercial

There's a commercial floating around right now that features a sorry-looking dude who stops at one of those makeshift roadside memorials. This text flashes:

"His kid brother was killed
... by a driver under the influence
... of marijuana.
He was the driver."

The voiceover at the end:

"In a roadside study, 1 in 3 reckless drivers who were tested for drugs, tested positive for marijuana. It's more harmful than we all thought."

Bullshit. It's not more harmful than we all thought. Let's analyze that voiceover. It says that there was a roadside study done, in which some reckless drivers were tested for drugs. Out of those who were a) reckless, and b) tested, 33% of them tested positive for marijuana. It doesn't mean that it's more harmful than "we all thought". It means that it's more popular than we all thought. And it doesn't say if those drivers were under the influence of any other mind altering substances.

Driving under the influence of any substance is risky: alcohol, marijuana, cocaine, hard-rockin' music, cigarettes, heroin, psychedelics, whatever. I wonder how many of those who were reckless were tested for alcohol. Oh, forgot, we don't talk about the massive social problem of alcohol and the billion dollar taxable industry behind it. This is, after all, a study designed to let people believe the marijuana kills people. Ugh.

This kind of crap pisses me off. It's not the drug that's the problem, it's the idiots who choose to operate vehicles while under the influence of them.

Posted by gav at February 27, 2003 08:59 PM

the ad also never mentions whether the drivers were, at the time under the influence, or simply had the remnance of the substance in their system

Posted by: on April 9, 2004 10:51 AM
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