The Missouri Division of Transportation announced on Monday the state’s law enforcement officers will be out in complete force this weekend, patrolling for drivers who are higher just after celebrating the 420 vacation. The Missouri Division of Transportation (MoDoT) noted in a press release that “while cannabis is now legalized for recreational and medicinal use in numerous states, it is nonetheless illegal in all states to drive below the influence of it” and that police would be in particular on the lookout for stoned drivers on Friday and Saturday, April 19 and 20. The 420 drugged-driving enforcement campaign has been dubbed ‘Drive Higher, Get a DUI’ by the agency.
Jon Nelson, MoDOT assistant to the state highway security and website traffic engineer, stated that the agency wanted residents of the state to contemplate what is at stake when drivers are impaired.
“Driving drug-impaired or riding with a person who is drug-impaired is not worth the danger,” stated Nelson. “Not only do you danger killing oneself or a person else, but the trauma and economic expenses of a crash or an arrest for driving when substance-impaired can be important. The consequences are severe and genuine.”
The Toll of Impaired Driving
Final year in Missouri, 78 individuals have been killed and 142 much more have been seriously injured in website traffic collisions that involved at least a single impaired driver, according to preliminary information from MoDoT.
“The Missouri Coalition for Roadway Security reminds motorists of the a variety of solutions obtainable to get absolutely everyone residence protected. Designating a sober driver, calling a cab or employing public transportation are just a couple of of these solutions. Bear in mind, if you really feel distinct, you drive distinct,” the release noted.
Nelson also reminded drivers of other typical sense guidelines to keep protected behind the wheel.
“We encourage all drivers to take duty and make wise options so that absolutely everyone gets residence protected,” he stated. “Drive sober, buckle up and telephone down.” In addition to driving totally sober from alcohol and drugs, motorists are also advised to place their cell phones down when driving and normally buckle up – absolutely everyone, just about every trip, just about every time.