New ‘Dangerous Combinations’ Anti-Drugged Driving Campaign Rolled Out by CDOT

June 16, 2016

New ‘Dangerous Combinations’ Anti-Drugged Driving Campaign Rolled Out by CDOT

New ‘Dangerous Combinations’ Anti-Drugged Driving Campaign Rolled Out by CDOT

“Driving high is dangerous and illegal,” authorities at the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) are now warning motorists across the state as part of their new anti-drugged driving campaign.

Operating under the name Dangerous Combinations, this new public awareness campaign is aimed at informing drivers across Colorado about the consequences of driving while high or stoned in an effort to deter impaired driving.

As part of this new campaign, officials are partnering with local businesses across the state to print safety messages on rolling papers and put up campaign-related posters where recreational pot users are most likely to be seeing them – in dispensaries.

The primary goals of this campaign are reportedly to:

  • Encourage motorists to plan for a safe way to get around when they choose to use marijuana (regardless of whether it’s for medicinal or recreational purposes)
  • Reduce the number of drug-related DUI arrests made in Colorado – According to the Colorado State Patrol (CSP), about 20 percent of DUI cases in the state involve alleged marijuana impairment.
  • Prevent traffic collisions and save lives.

Remarking on this new campaign, CDOT Safety Communications Manager Sam Cole has explained that:

CDOT wants marijuana users to understand that driving high has the same implications as driving drunk… Driving high impairs your reaction time and vision, both of which are vital to driving safely.

The Facts about Marijuana DUIs in Colorado

For Colorado drivers who use marijuana, here are some of the most important facts to understand about pot DUIs:

  • The legal limits for THC are currently set at 5 nanograms (per milliliter of blood).
  • Although blood tests are currently the standard for evaluating marijuana (and other drug) impairment, CSP troopers are testing out new devices (that would test for drugs via saliva samples).
  • When drivers are suspected of marijuana impairment, they can face the same DUI charges as an alleged drunk driver (i.e., a motorists accused of having a BAC of at least 0.08). This may change in 2016, however, as lawmakers are focused on finding better ways to track drug-related DUIs (both arrests and convictions) across the state.
  • In the event of a conviction for a pot DUI, motorists can face the same penalties as they would have if they had been convicted of an alcohol DUI.

Tell us what you think about this new campaign – and what your plans are for avoiding a DUI this summer – on Facebook & Google+.

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