Whatever your personal feelings on the legalization of marijuana, it’s here in Colorado. I read an article today that talked about how Colorado is launching a new “Drive High, Get A DUI” campaign. This is to help remind drivers that even though marijuana is now legal, it still needs to be treated like alcohol and not used before driving.
In the article on KKTV’s website, they said
The effort from the Colorado Department of Transportation comes as Colorado struggles to keep accurate statewide records on marijuana-impaired drivers. State police chiefs told lawmakers this week that they need more money to train officers in recognizing stoned drivers.
In Washington state, officials this week reported that more drivers tested positive for marijuana in Washington last year, but officials there say there’s been no obvious, corresponding jump in car accidents.
While I find it interesting that Washington officials haven’t found any obvious corresponding jump in car accidents after marijuana was legalized, I know that the legalization means that there are probably many more people on the roads now that could be considered Driving Under the Influence. And since my job keeps my on the road and responsible for the safety of my customers, I want to remind everyone out there – it might be legal, but it can still ruin your life or the life of others. Just like alcohol, use in moderation, and always stay off the road.
There’s my public safety tip for the day!