Colorado Police are taking the time to remind the public of the dangers and legal ramifications of the driving under the influence of marijuana, according to the Coloradoan. Widely publicized new policies allow legal consumption of recreational marijuana for Colorado residents 21 years of age or older. A representative of the Colorado Department of Transportation said, “We urge people to be responsible by not driving impaired.”
When a driver is suspected of driving under the influence of marijuana, police conduct a sobriety test procedure very similar to that used for alcohol. The driver is asked to give a small sample of blood. The legal limit for driving under the influence of marijuana is five nanograms per milliliter. The Colorado Express Consent Law mandates that all drivers agree to chemical sobriety tests if asked. Drivers that refuse to participate lose their license, are labeled persistent drunk drivers and have to attend alcohol education classes.
“There are some who do not feel that marijuana can impair driving, but it does,” said the Director of the Office of Transportation Safety. “Marijuana affects reaction time, short-term memory, hand-eye coordination, concentration and perception of time and distance. And just like alcohol, people driving while impaired by marijuana can receive a DUI.”
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