CDOT Launches Campaign to Combat Cannabis-Impaired Driving

CDOT Launches Campaign to Combat Cannabis-Impaired Driving

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In an effort to combat cannabis-impaired driving, the Colorado Department of Transportation has launched a new prevention campaign that invites state residents to share their opinions and habits on driving with cannabis.

Named The Cannabis Conversation, the campaign aims at collecting information about the public perception of cannabis-impaired driving with the hopes of devising solutions that can help save the lives of motorists and cut down on drugged driving.

Under state law, the legal driving limit for cannabis is five nanograms of THC per milliliter of blood.

According to CDOT, there were 77 traffic fatalities in 2016 that involved persons with active THC in their blood system, and another 125 fatalities involving persons with inactive THC. Although approximately 90% of cannabis users in Colorado are aware that driving high can get them a DUI, approximately 50% of cannabis users report driving high within the last 30 days, as reported by CDOT.

To gather information, the CDOT campaign is requesting that residents to fill out a short anonymous survey asking them questions such as how often they drive, how much cannabis they smoke and whether they drive under the influence of cannabis.

Speaking with CBS Denver, Sam Cole, CDOT Safety Communications Manager, explained that The Cannabis Conversation is intended to hear from many different voices on cannabis-impaired driving to help better understand the issue and make the roads safer.

“We really want to have a wide ranging, public engagement campaign to get people giving us feedback about their attitudes, beliefs and behaviors when it comes to driving high. We really want a wide range of opinions from old, young, rural and urban to give us some feedback,” Cole said.

William Sumner, a freelance writer and marijuana journalist, was a staff writer for MJINews from May 2014 through February 2018. You can follow him on Twitter @W_Sumner.

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