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Google to test driverless cars

Google has moved into the next stage of its plan to put driverless cars on the roads. According to Reuters, the Mountain View, California company has begun testing the vehicles on city streets, a crucial step in deploying the cars. The image comes from a rendering of how the cars' software views traffic in a city intersection.

DUIs For Even a Trace of Weed Being Considered in California

A proposal in the state legislature could mean DUIs for drivers who aren't stoned but who toked a few days ago.
It would also target motorists who have even a trace of such prescription drugs as Ambien, Vicodin or even phentermine, a diet drug, in their systems when they're stopped by cops who think they're impaired.
Medical marijuana supporters are aghast. And they might have good reason to be:
Weed's main ingredient, THC, can stay in your bloodstream for a few days, even if you're long past being stoned. The cannabis community says laws like this (which was also proposed last year, unsuccessfully) will have the effect of persecuting regular medicinal users.
The bill, AB 2500, was recently introduced by Assemblyman Jim Frazier. It would mean that any detected amount of any controlled substance, including some prescription medicines, would be cause for a drunk-driving conviction.
We reached out to Frazier's people for his take on this, but we had yet to hear back. According to the language of the legislation:

CDOT Launches New Campaign to Target Marijuana Impaired Driving

STATEWIDE-Colorado made history this year by becoming the first state to sell marijuana to anyone over the age of 21. At a press conference this afternoon, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) made history again by announcing the launch of an education campaign targeted at drivers about the dangers of driving under the influence of marijuana.

Officers will 'aggressively' seek drunken drivers Friday.

Study: Fatal Car Crashes by Marijuana Smokers up 300% over Last Decade

Fatal Crashes involving marijuana use tripled during the previous decade, according to researchers from Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health. The pot related accidents have helped fuel the overall increase in drugged-driving traffic deaths.

As widespread acceptance of marijuana becomes the norm in the U.S., demonstrated by recent legalization laws in Colorado and Washington, many experts fear a continuing upward spiral of marijuana related traffic injuries and deaths. "Currently, one of nine drivers involved in fatal crashes would test positive for marijuana," said co-author Dr. Guohua Li, director of the Center for Injury Epidemiology and Prevention at Columbia. "If this trend continues, in five or six years non-alcohol drugs will overtake alcohol to become the most common substance involved in deaths related to impaired driving."