DENVER – Despite a 33 percent drop in citations for driving under the influence of marijuana in Colorado over the first quarter of this year, state law enforcement says driving while high remains a problem and is focusing on efforts to curb marijuana DUI on the upcoming “marijuana holiday” of April 20.
The Colorado State Patrol held a kick-off event Tuesday for the week of 4/20. Partnering with Uber, Mothers Against Drunk Driving and marijuana shop Native Roots, CSP is encouraging people all week to find a safe ride home instead of driving while impaired after using marijuana.
The Colorado Department of Transportation says that the Colorado State Patrol has issued more than 1,500 marijuana-related citations since 2015, but across all agencies, citations for marijuana DUI were down by 33.2 percent in the first quarter of 2017 when compared to the same time period over 2016, the agency told the Denver Post.
New data from the state shows that around 17 percent of all DUI arrests made by CSP in 2016 involved marijuana, and that one-third of traffic fatalities involved someone who was driving under the influence of alcohol, drugs or marijuana.