Coinciding with Colorado State Patrol’s Spring The Heat Is On DUI campaign, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) has just kicked off its 2015 Drive High, Get a DUI campaign to educate motorists on the dangers of driving while high in the hopes of deterring this behavior.
Commenting on this Colorado marijuana DUI campaign, CDOT Communication Manager Sam Cole explained that, “for 2015, we have some unique and eye-catching ways to grab marijuana users’ attention, and hopefully reinforce safe marijuana consumption and laws in the process.”
Deterring Motorists from Getting a Colorado Marijuana DUI
The 2015 Colorado marijuana DUI campaign will be running through the 4/20 weekend and beyond. While the focused efforts of regulators will involve running televised public service announcements (PSAs), which proved successful in the first Drive High, Get a DUI campaign that was kicked off last year, this year’s Colorado marijuana DUI campaign will also involve:
- Setting up special games and displays at dispensaries throughout the state
- Hosting a booth and passing out snacks at the Cannabis Cup festival
- Staffing more traffic officers over the weekend’s festivities to target high, drugged and/or drunk motorists.
So, the message CDOT, as well as law enforcement agencies throughout the state of Colorado, are sending this 4/20 holiday is that, if you will be celebrating by consuming marijuana (or other substances that could impair your driving abilities), don’t get behind the wheel.
Regulators Note Impacts of Marijuana Use When Driving, Rise of DREs in CO
Strengthening their message to motorists to stay sober when driving, CDOT has noted some important findings and information regarding:
- Marijuana use for drivers – In fact, regulators at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) have found that drivers who are high on marijuana are about 25 percent more likely to be in a traffic accident than sober motorists.
- Enforcement efforts related to Colorado marijuana DUIs – CDOT has pointed out that there are currently more than 570 trained drug recognition experts (DREs) in Colorado and that these numbers will likely be growing this year/beyond, as efforts to arrest potentially high/stoned drivers will likely increase/intensify in the future.
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