On January 1, California will become the 5th state in the US to legalize recreational marijuana. Everyone knows that driving after taking a drink is dangerous; at Uber, we agree with the experts that the same is true for driving while high on marijuana. So we’re taking a moment to share the facts about driving under the influence of drugs and to remind you that driving while high on marijuana is impaired driving—and can land you a DUI.
Just like drunk driving, driving while high is dangerous and can lead to deadly consequences.
- Driving while high, like drunk driving, is 100% preventable
- Whether it is marijuana or any impairing drug, drugged driving is a growing problem
- Marijuana usage impacts the skills needed to drive safely
There is often a misconception that using marijuana does not increase crash risk when in fact, its usage impacts the skills needed to drive safely. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) cites numerous studies that show marijuana can slow your reaction time, lower your ability to make decisions, impair coordination, distort perception, and lead to difficulty in problem-solving.
Ensuring a respectful, safe environment for all riders and driver-partners
Road safety is everyone’s responsibility. We want rides on Uber to be safe and enjoyable for all, and our expectations are outlined in our Community Guidelines, which includes a zero tolerance policy against driving under the influence.
Both riders and driver-partners are held to the standards set forth in our Community Guidelines and certain types of behaviors and actions may cause you to lose access to the Uber app. This includes poor behavior and/or violation of any of our policies—including getting behind the wheel while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Should you find yourself in an unsafe situation, end the ride immediately, call 911, and immediately report the incident in-app or through email@example.com.
Help us keep Uber safe and enjoyable for driver-partners, riders, and everyone else on the road. Remember, drugged driving is impaired driving. If you are under the influence of any substance, make the right choice and don’t get behind the wheel.
Uber and MADD
Since 2014, Uber and MADD have worked together to encourage people to make the right choice before getting behind the wheel. Drugged driving was added to MADD’s vision nearly 3 years ago, and MADD calls on the public to not get behind the wheel after taking an impairing drug, whether legal or illegal. Together, we remind everyone about the dangers of getting behind the wheel impaired, and are committed to making drunk and drugged driving a thing of the past.
Posted by Nadia