If You Feel Different, You Drive Different
Colorado law enforcement and government officials have been searching for an effective way to convey to both medical and recreational marijuana users that driving high is unsafe and illegal. This month, CDOT launched a new campaign to increase awareness about the dangers of impaired driving: the slogan is “If You Feel Different, You Drive Different.”
Earlier this year, CDOT initiated the Cannabis Conversation to conduct market research about:
- Why people drive under the influence of marijuana;
- What the public sees as dangers of marijuana-impaired driving;
- What would effectively dissuade people from driving high; and
- The norms and opinions about driving high.
Some of the feedback received during the Cannabis Conversation is that marijuana users were being unfairly singled out when it came to conversations about impaired driving and that impairment caused by marijuana is different from that caused by alcohol or other drugs. To be fair, much of the statistics available about the dangers of impaired driving do not isolate incidents of impairment caused by THC alone and it appears that the mere presence of THC in one’s system does not equate to impaired mental and physical functioning.
What is not in dispute, however, is that ANY impaired driving, whether caused by marijuana or some other substance, is both dangerous and illegal. Drugs can slow reaction time, impair cognitive function, and adversely affect both judgment and muscle control. Drivers involved in fatal crashes in our state tested positive for drugs (including stimulants, depressants, narcotics, and THC) 244 times last year. 20% of Marijuana users admit to driving after using cannabis, according to our state Department of Public Health and Environment. On average, 60 people are arrested daily in our state for impaired driving (which includes impairment caused by drugs and/or alcohol).
Rosenbaum & Wootton, P.C. supports the state’s initiatives to reduce impaired driving and we recognize that we too play a role in curbing the dangers posed by those who would drive high by holding them to account when their actions injure others. If you or a loved one was injured by an impaired driver, contact the Colorado Springs Injury Attorneys at Rosenbaum & Wootton, P.C. by calling or texting us at 719.634.0102 or by clicking on this link to schedule your FREE INITIAL CONSULTATION.