While thousands of people will be celebrating the 4/20 weekend by enjoying recreational marijuana, CDOT officials hope that their message – Drive High, Get a DUI – will hit home and remind drivers that:
- Marijuana use and driving don’t mix.
- Stoned driving is impaired driving.
- Law enforcement officials will arrest people suspected of stoned/drugged driving.
Remarking on this effort, CDOT Communications Manager Sam Cole stated, “With the legalization of marijuana in Colorado, we have a responsibility to pioneer marijuana education campaigns to keep our roadways safe.”
Drive High, Get a DUI: Background on the Campaign
Launched for the first time last year, CDOT’s Drive High, Get a DUI campaign is intended to inform motorists that:
- While marijuana use is legal in Colorado, driving while high is still illegal.
- Drugged driving is just as dangerous and potentially deadly as drunk driving.
While last year’s campaign was centered on the airing of various public service announcements (PSAs) and media commercials, this year, CDOT is stepping up these campaign efforts by:
- Setting up Drive High, Get a DUI displays around Denver and the Front Range
- Posting educational materials in and around dispensaries
- Setting up booths at various 4/20 festivals/festivities.
Drugged Driving in Colorado: The Statistics
To underscore just how important the CDOT Drive High, Get a DUI Campaign is, CDOT has released some statistics regarding drugged driving accidents in Colorado. These stats are for 2012 (the most recent year for which complete data is currently available):
- In 2012, there were nearly 90 traffic-related fatalities caused by drugged drivers.
- While nearly 6 percent of the motorists involved in fatal collisions in Colorado tested positive for THC in their systems, about 2 percent tested positive for cannabis and other drugs.
This Colorado data seems to be backed up by national drugged driving stats, which reflect that (according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, NHTSA):
- Drugged driving has increased nearly 4 percent nationwide over the past 5 or so years.
- Drugged driving can increase motorists’ risk of getting into traffic accidents by about 25 percent.
Contact a Denver Car Accident Lawyer at the Cederberg Law Firm
Have you been hurt by a drunk or drugged driver? If so, it’s time to contact a Denver car accident lawyer at the Cederberg Law Firm to find out more about your best options for financial recovery.
For more than 35 years, our esteemed legal professionals have been successful at securing results and compensation for people who have been seriously injured in car accidents and other types of traffic accidents. Having handled countless cases, our attorneys have a deep understanding of the law, as well as the legal experience you need, and we can fiercely defend your rights in any legal setting.
To meet with us at no cost or obligation to you, call us at 303-499-0449 or email us using the form at the side of the screen. In addition to offering free initial consults and contingency fee options, our lawyers make hospital visits to ensure that you have access to the legal support you need – whenever you need it.