Driving under the influence of certain drugs or medication is illegal and just as deadly and dangerous as driving drunk. If you drive impaired by drugs – even if you have a prescription or medical marijuana card – you will be arrested for DUI. Ask your doctor or pharmacist how your medication may impact your ability to drive safely, especially when combined with alcohol.
Drugged-Driving Fatalities in Colorado
From 2006 to 2010, 411 people were killed in crashes involving a driver who tested positive for drugs, representing 16% of all fatalities over the 5-year-period. Click here for more statistics. As part of the “Heat Is On” high-visibility DUI enforcement campaign, CDOT has launched an education and enforcement campaign focused on driving under the influence of drugs. Click here to view campaign materials.
Cops Can Spot the Signs
Across Colorado, there are specially trained law enforcement officers known as Drug Recognition Experts (DRE). These officers have the ability to detect physical signs of drug impairment. DREs are viewed as one of the most effective law enforcement tools in efforts to reduce drugged driving. Remember: You can’t hide driving under the influence of drugs!
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Glenn Davis, Manager of Impaired Driving Programs
Leslie Chase – High-Visibility Enforcement
Robin Rocke - SFST, ARIDE and DRE Training
Capt. Bruce Sheetz – Law Enforcement Coordinator
Gina Guerrero - Checkpoint Colorado
Emily Wilfong – Media and Public Relations