October 21, 2010

That's one way to use a law degree ...

StreetsblogLA chronicles an interesting response to the anxieties that prop 19--legalizing marijuana--will make driving less safe, endangering drivers, bikers, and peds. Enter the LA City Attorney to shine the spotlight of empirical science on the situation:

Recently, Los Angeles City Attorney Carmen Trutanich has launched a strange public relations campaign to try and “discover” the impact of smoking marijuana on driving.  Instead of using a scientific method and having a control group; Trutanich and the California Highway Patrol are basically giving marijuana to media personalities, letting them smoke it and putting them behind the wheel.

Amongst the media personalities that have taken Trutanich’s bait is L.A. Times columnist Steve Lopez who wrote a recent column on his adventures with controlled marijuana use.  Under the supervision of a couple of amused CHP officers, Lopez smoked a joint of something called “Train Wreck” before being taken to a testing course and put behind the wheel of a Crown Vic.  Lopez reports that neither himself or ABC Radio personality Peter Tilden passed the test with flying colors.

Nice work if you can get it.

(NB: I'd like to file a pedantic complaint to Streetsblog re awkward/redundant use of "Recently," improper semi-colon use, the British "amongst," and the missing comma after "Lopez.")

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