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Teens Busted After Driving Too Slow

Two Barrington teens, 18, charged with marijuana possession.

Originally published July 10, 2012

Two Barrington teens were charged with marijuana possession after their vehicle was stopped by police for driving too slowly.

David A. Raleigh, 18, of 3 Whipple Ave., and another 18-year-old male were traveling south on the Wampanoag Trail early last Tuesday morning, July 3.

A patrol officer on a routine traffic post clocked their vehicle traveling 20 mph in a 40 mph zone, according to Police Chief John LaCross.

The vehicle also drifted over the fog line, LaCross said, before their vehicle was pulled over on Middle Highway at County Road at around 2 am.

A patrol officer smelled the distinctive odor of burned marijuana when the window of the vehicle was rolled down, LaCross said. A search of the vehicle also found a small bag of marijuana.

Raleigh, the driver, failed a field sobriety test, the police chief said. He also has been charged with a DUI, driving in possession of a controlled substance, and refusing to submit to a chemical test.

The teens were placed in cells in the police station and held overnight. They were transported to District Court Tuesday morning to face the charges.

Editor's note: The charges against one of the men were expunged. Subsequently, the arrestee's identity has been removed from this article.

Kevin_Hunt July 11, 2012 at 03:59 PM
Driving too slowly? I have a hard time believing that marijuana causes terrible wrecks since the stoners can't even reach half of the speed limit.
Concerned & confused July 11, 2012 at 05:28 PM
Yup driving too slow, sounds like they were really doing something harmful and dangerous. Totally victimless crime, what a waste of resources to have cops dealing with stuff like this. Just let them smoke a joint and go home. Let teenagers do what they are allowed to do in every other town without constant police supervision and interference.
Kevin_Hunt July 11, 2012 at 07:32 PM
I was once pulled over for "driving the recommended speed limit" by a cop that was tailgating me. The officer told me that I should have been driving faster than the yellow "recommended speed limit" signs. No joke...and I was not drunk, high, or otherwise impaired.
Ella July 11, 2012 at 08:02 PM
Driving too slow and weaving into the breakdown lane is a sign of impairment due to smoking pot. Glad to see he failed the field sobriety test which also strengthens the argument that smoking pot is hazardous to driving. Much like driving while intoxicated, slows the reflexes, what if a child ran out in the road, or another car stopped short in front of them, would they have been able to react properly? Driving too slow can be a sign of intoxication or using other substances. The fact that the comments reflect anything else is an indication of your ignorance. The people who participate in the wrong behaviors are usually the first to defend the behavior. Great job by the police officer. And the previous posters continue to give Barrington a bad name. Just let kids do what every other kid does in every other town, smoke a joint and go home??? You obviously don't get out of your elitist bubble too often because most parents in other towns DON'T consider smoking pot "normal". And you preaching the gospel according to stupid doesn't make it true.
Kevin_Hunt July 11, 2012 at 08:37 PM
Ella, while I agree that no one should drive under the influence of any drug, including booze, cold medicine or Vicodin, you don't have any data that proves that marijuana is SO dangerous that it needs to be illegal. "Comparing traffic deaths over time in states with and without medical marijuana law changes, the researchers found that fatal car wrecks dropped by 9% in states that legalized medical use" Source: Medical Marijuana Laws, Traffic Fatalities, and Alcohol Consumption by D. Mark Anderson, Daniel I. Rees (November 2011). "The people who participate in the wrong behaviors are usually the first to defend the behavior. " Bingo..Just like the people that marched in the streets demanding the repeal of alcohol prohibition.
annonymous July 12, 2012 at 01:08 AM
another mother teresa.Ella
Kelly July 12, 2012 at 03:33 AM
Here is a link for those of you who seem to be ill informed from your soapbox: http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/story/health/story/2012-02-09/Marijuana-users-twice-as-likely-to-cause-car-crash/53031202/1 Smoking weed is dangerous, wow, shocker I personally would be proud to be compared to Mother Teresa : )
Kelly July 12, 2012 at 03:36 AM
http://seriousaccidents.com/blog/accident-prevention/the-dangers-of-%E2%80%98drugged%E2%80%99-drivers-new-data-shows-rise-in-marijuana-related-car-accidents/
Kelly July 12, 2012 at 03:37 AM
http://alcoholism.about.com/od/pot/a/pot_driving.htm
Kelly July 12, 2012 at 03:39 AM
By the way, many of us lead perfectly normal lives and don't smoke weed, drink or do drugs, oh my God, amazing, actually that's the larger percentage of the population. We just don't run around bragging about it and you don't see our names in the paper because oh, we aren't doing anything wrong....
Kevin_Hunt July 12, 2012 at 03:59 AM
Texting maeks drivers 23X more likely to crash. Are you for banning cellphones and jailing cellphone users?
Kevin_Hunt July 12, 2012 at 03:09 PM
“At the present time, the evidence to suggest an involvement of cannabis in road crashes is scientifically unproven. REFERENCE: G. Chesher and M. Longo. 2002. “Cannabis leads to a more cautious style of driving, [but] it has a negative impact on decision time and trajectory. [However,] this in itself does not mean that drivers under the influence of cannabis represent a traffic safety risk. … Cannabis alone, particularly in low doses, has little effect on the skills involved in automobile driving.” REFERENCE: Canadian Senate Special Committee on Illegal Drugs. 2002.
Kevin_Hunt July 12, 2012 at 03:10 PM
Both simulation and road trials generally find that driving behavior shortly after consumption of larger doses of cannabis results in (i) a more cautious driving style; (ii) increased variability in lane position (and headway); and (iii) longer decision times. Whereas these results indicate a 'change' from normal conditions, they do not necessarily reflect 'impairment' in terms of performance effectiveness since few studies report increased accident risk. REFERENCE: UK Department of Environment, Transport and the Regions (Road Safety Division). 2000. There is no evidence that consumption of cannabis alone increases the risk of culpability for traffic crash fatalities or injuries for which hospitalization occurs, and may reduce those risks. REFERENCE: M. Bates and T. Blakely. 1999. “Role of cannabis in motor vehicle crashes.” Epidemiologic Reviews 21: 222-232.
Kevin_Hunt July 12, 2012 at 03:10 PM
In contrast to the compensatory behavior exhibited by subjects under marijuana treatment, subjects who have received alcohol tend to drive in a more risky manner. Both substances impair performance; however, the more cautious behavior of subjects who have received marijuana decreases the impact of the drug on performance, whereas the opposite holds true for alcohol.” REFERENCE: A. Smiley. 1999. Marijuana: On-Road and Driving-Simulator Studies.
Kevin_Hunt July 12, 2012 at 03:11 PM
There was a clear relationship between alcohol and culpability. … In contrast, there was no significant increase in culpability for cannabinoids alone. REFERENCE: Logan, M.C., Hunter, C.E., Lokan, R.J., White, J.M., & White, M.A. (2000). The THC-only drivers had a responsibility rate below that of the drugfree drivers. … While the difference was not statistically significant, there was no indication that cannabis by itself was a cause of fatal crashes.” REFERENCE: K. Terhune. 1992. The incidence and role of drugs in fatally injured drivers. Washington, DC: US Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Report No. DOT HS 808 065.
Kelly July 12, 2012 at 03:18 PM
You are either a really bad substance abuse prevention specialist/psychiatrist/lawyer/or stoner.
Mike Parent July 12, 2012 at 03:21 PM
Fortunately, alcohol is legal and regulated so it was too hard for the 18 yr old to get it. If he was using that he might have done worse things than driving too slowly. The laws didn't prevent a minor from getting marijuana. "THE CHILDREN" If they really cared for the children they'd legalize and regulate marijuana. If they really wanted to keep any substance out of the hands of "The Children" they first must take control of distribution away from black market dealers. They haven't accomplished that in 40+ years at a taxpayers cost in the hundreds of billions. It's time to treat marijuana as we do alcohol. My 27 year old daughter still gets carded when she buys alcohol, yet your 13 year old can buy anything the black market dealer has for a price whether it be money or "something else". FACT: Your kids have a better chance dying at the hands of someone enforcing marijuana laws than they do from ingesting it.(ZERO %). LEAP member, NYPD, ret. http://www.pitt.edu/~ugr/Hrych2.pdf Scientific Proof Marijuna is not a Gateway drug! http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504763_162-57456999-10391704/medical-marijuana-legalization- wont-boost-teen-pot-use-study-finds/
Kevin_Hunt July 12, 2012 at 03:26 PM
"You are either a really bad substance abuse prevention specialist/psychiatrist/lawyer/or stoner." Makes no sense. Please dial in the meds. Thank you.
Mike Parent July 12, 2012 at 03:33 PM
@ Kelly Nothing so needs reforming as other people's habits.--Mark Twain (1835-1910) What size halo do you wear? As an aside, haver you ever exceeded a speed limit? TIA
Kelly July 12, 2012 at 11:36 PM
My halo is actually pretty large thank you, and it is not that difficult not to do anything illegal or harmful so hold your applause : ) And Mike you can google your butt off, however it doesn't change the fact that legalizing pot will lead to more not less use. In the discussion of legalizing marijuana, a useful analogy can be made to gambling. MacCoun & Reuter (2001) conclude that making the government a beneficiary of legal gambling has encouraged the government to promote gambling, overlooking it as a problem behavior. They point out that “the moral debasement of state government is a phenomenon that only a few academics and preachers bemoan.” Legalized gambling has not reduced illegal gambling in the United States; rather, it has increased it. This is particularly evident in sports gambling, most of which is illegal. Legal gambling is taxed and regulated and illegal gambling is not. Legal gambling sets the stage for illegal gambling just the way legal marijuana would set the stage for illegal marijuana trafficking.
Kelly July 12, 2012 at 11:39 PM
Spend your time pushing more productive activities than smoking weed and drinking.
Kevin_Hunt July 12, 2012 at 11:59 PM
Prove that I do either, Kelly.
John Baron July 13, 2012 at 01:31 AM
Ella and Kelly, at last, some intelligent woman in Barrington, I didn't think they existed. I agree with your posts. As for the gentleman, and I use the term loosely, they need to get out more and see how the rest of the world works. Underage use of drugs and alcohol are not good things to be defending. Put your time and effort into something worthwhile, like prevention.
Kevin_Hunt July 13, 2012 at 02:14 AM
"I use the term loosely," You will notice that I refrain from personal attacks also. I am not defending the use of any drug by teens or driving under the influence of any substance. I am trying to debate legalization. Are you interested in taking me on? Explain how many teens have reported that it is easier to get illegal drugs than legal alcohol. The ball is in your court, John.
Mike Parent July 13, 2012 at 12:05 PM
Again, Have you ever exceeded a speed limit? (Perhaps that large halo is a tad tarnished) Those cites I supplied were from scientific sources. Are you refuting them? So, is the caging of a million Americans, annually for using a substance which has been proven safer than the legal intoxicant is acceptable to you? Is it the illegality issue that you're concerned with? What's your affinity for laws conceived, born and nurtured from lies, greed, racism and hate (Nixon)
Mike Parent July 13, 2012 at 12:09 PM
Part of prevention is to remove the supply side from Black Market Criminals, something Prohibitionists fail to understand.
Mike Parent July 13, 2012 at 02:18 PM
Hit and Run ad hominem, then "Crickets" from Kelly.

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