Washington, DC – The American Property Casualty Insurance Association (APCIA) recently released a statement from Nat Wienecke, senior vice president of federal government relations commending the inclusion of marijuana impairment research in The Surface Transportation Investment Act, which was recently signed into law by President Biden:
“America’s insurers are optimistic for a safer future for all Americans as crucially needed investments in marijuana impairment research and roadway safety became a reality today with the signing of the bipartisan infrastructure package by President Joe Biden.
“The inclusion of these provisions is an important, albeit first, step forward in combating cannabis impaired driving. Thanks to the leadership of Senator John W. Hickenlooper (D-CO) and others, we are on our way to making our roads and workplaces safer for all.
“APCIA and our members have long-advocated for more research to develop a method of measurement for marijuana impairment and an objective marijuana impairment standard. As more states legalize marijuana, it’s important to fully understand the risks associated with working or driving under its influence. Simply put, without more research, no one can say, ‘how high is too high’ to drive or work.
“Insurers are committed to their role in supporting the financial security of families, individuals, and businesses as well as protecting lives and property. Today’s signing of the bipartisan infrastructure package means safer roads, buildings, workplaces, and communities. Together, we can move the economy forward and build a safer tomorrow, protecting what matters most.”
APCIA works with policymakers, industry leaders, consumers, and safety advocates to promote driver safety and enact highway safety laws to protect motorists and pedestrians.