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Are You Too High To Drive?

Recreational marijuana is highly accessible in Colorado. Those over the age of 21 may legally purchase it at a dispensary, and those under 21 often have easy access through friends, fake ID's, and the black market. Easy access to marijuana has also resulted in increased training for law enforcement to recognize, arrest and charge those found to be driving high.

DUID Driving Under the Influence of Marijuana

While DUID, driving under the influence of drugs  and DUI, driving under the influence of alcohol, involve similar laws and penalties, current research indicates that stoned drivers may be 10 times less dangerous than drunk drivers.   Detecting stoned drivers is also much more difficult for law enforcement.  While standard roadside field sobriety tests reportedly catch 88% of drunk drivers only 30% of people under the influence of marijuana fail the test.   Marijuana's contribution to crash risk is also apparently much lower than was expected.  While drunk drivers tend to drive faster and overestimate their skills, studies have shown the opposite is true for stoned drivers.  After all,  Cheech and Chong were arrested for doing 20 miles an hour on the freeway!

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