The Denver Post recently reported the number of marijuana DUIs following the legalization of cannabis in Colorado. The data is from the first year-long collection of marijuana DUIs the state has ever seen. The study found that 12.2% of DUIs involved suspected marijuana use. This number causes concern for Amy Ford, spokeswoman for Colorado Department of Transportation:
We won’t be satisfied until everyone in Colorado takes driving high seriously, so the need for awareness and education is paramount.
The issue of driving while under the influence of marijuana is not just a growing Colorado problem, but also a national concern. Driving high is illegal in all 50 states, including the District of Columbia. Even though Colorado has been on the forefront of marijuana legalization, the state is doing its part to keep its roads safe.
If you’d like to learn more about Colorado’s marijuana DUI numbers and its awareness campaigns, click here for more information.