‘High Holiday’ on 4-20 associated with increase in fatal car crashes

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Though the counterculture “High Holiday” on April 20 at 4:20 pm is a play on the “420” police code for marijuana, new analysis found it might have some very serious effects.

A research letter published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found a 12 percent relative increase in fatal crashes on April 20.

“Twelve percent may not sound like much, but if you consider that a small proportion of Americans celebrate 4/20,” the study’s author Dr. John Staples said, “it suggests that participation in 4/20 is fairly risky.”

He described the motivation for the research.

“I’m a doctor and …read more