Driving under the influence of marijuana – Is it the same as DUI?
With support for full legalization of marijuana now sweeping the country, there are new traffic safety problems for the public to be concerned about – driving while under the influence of marijuana or driving while ‘stoned.’
A recent article highlighting public perception in Colorado showed that the majority of the public don’t feel as though marijuana affects driving ability, but the National Institute on Drug Abuse has weighed in and stated that the complete opposite is true. They’ve done extensive research on the effect of marijuana on driving ability and found that, given the complexities of driving, people tend to have difficulty performing multiple tasks at once, have difficulty staying in lanes, and cannot maintain the concentration required for a long drive.
Law Enforcement in Colorado is responding to the public perception by launching a campaign called “Drive High, Get a DUI.” As of March 6th, 2014, the new campaign includes radio, TV spots, posters, and extra enforcement designed to educate the public and keep those under the influence of marijuana off the roads.
Over 200 officers have already completed the 56 hours of training, and are now on the lookout for symptoms of drivers under the influence of marijuana including blood pressure, tremors, enlarged pupils, and the odor of drugs.