Can Police Stop People from Driving While High?

Car after accident on the side of the road. Totally damaged. Wrecked car

April 20th has become a de facto holiday for fans of marijuana. Now that Colorado has legalized the drug, many people are enjoying the effects it has on the mind and body. However, the authorities want everyone to remember that driving while high can be just as dangerous as driving drunk.

How Will Police Keep People from Driving While High?

This year on 4/20, you probably saw PSAs on television reminding you that driving while high can be as dangerous as driving drunk. And though this little piece of knowledge would seem like a “no brainer”, there are many in Colorado who haven’t quite gotten the message.

A recent anonymous survey of 11,000 Colorado marijuana users claims that 69 percent of those surveyed have driven while high. Some of these people even seem to think that they drive better while under the influence of cannabis. However, the wife of a Colorado motorcyclist killed in a traffic accident doesn’t share their confidence.

In an interview with CBS News, the woman described to a reporter how police found marijuana in the system of the driver who ran a red light and struck her husband. She expressed how she feels the drug influenced the driver that hit her husband, and she hopes police can do more to prevent this from happening to others. Local authorities want to do something about this problem as well.

If you are under the influence of more than five nanograms of marijuana, it is illegal for you to drive on a Colorado road. However, it can be hard to test for marijuana in the blood stream without some sort of blood test. Luckily, new tests are being developed that will use a person’s oral fluid to detect the amount of marijuana in a person’s system. Think of it as a marijuana breathalyzer, but the technology is still a ways off.

For now, officers have to use their judgment to determine if a driver is impaired by marijuana. This means they can still write tickets and make arrests if they suspect someone is driving while high. You can also contribute to the solution. If you were involved in an accident with a driver who was under the influence of marijuana, then that driver could be responsible for the damage she or he inflicted. This is why it’s important to contact an attorney after a crash. An attorney can help you get the compensation you need, and the lawsuit can help the police by providing further deterrents against driving while high.



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