|Driving under the influence of marijuana remains illegal in Colo.|
|Written by Holyoke Enterprise|
As marijuana becomes available for recreational use throughout Colorado, the Colorado Department of Transportation and the Colorado State Patrol remind motorists that it is illegal to drive while impaired by marijuana.
Similar to alcohol, there is an established impairment level in Colorado of five nanograms of active tetrahydrocannabinol, the active psychoactive component of marijuana, per milliliter of whole blood. Driving while impaired by any substance is illegal and unsafe.
“There are some who do not feel that marijuana can impair driving, but it does,” said Darrell Lingk, director of the Office of Transportation Safety at CDOT. “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.”
According to the Colorado Judicial Branch, there were 24,742 DUI and DWAI cases filed in 2012 throughout the state of Colorado. Upon a DUI conviction, a person must undergo an alcohol and drug evaluation completed by the probation department within the Colorado Judicial Branch.
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