More than 12 percent of the DUI arrests made by the Colorado State Patrol (CSP) in 2014 involved alleged marijuana impairment, a recently released report from CSP reveals. According to this data, which reflects some of the first year-long data on stoned driving in Colorado, 674 of the 5,546 DUI citations issued by CSP officers in 2014 were for alleged stoned driving.
Stoned Driving Is Likely More Prevalent, CSP Points Out
Interestingly, CSP has noted that its 2014 data regarding the citations issued for pot DUIs is likely a conservative estimate of the actual state of stoned driving in Colorado. In fact, as CSP officials have pointed out, its numbers do NOT include data from local law enforcement agencies regarding stoned driving citations.
Additionally, at this time, it is also unclear:
- What the level of impairment generally was for the CSP DUI citations, as data regarding the alleged THC intoxication (based on blood test results) was not recorded
- How many of the stoned driving citations ended up leading to DUI charges
- What the outcomes of pot DUI cases were, as the Colorado criminal courts do not currently distinguish between alcohol and marijuana DUI cases.
Efforts Continue to Nab Stoned Drivers, Make Marijuana DUI Arrests
Although the work to evaluate the prevalence of stoned driving in Colorado is clearly far from done, CSP and others have underscored the importance of backing these enforcement/tracking efforts with public education and awareness campaigns.
In fact, a 2014 survey conducted by the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) found that more than 1 in 5 people who use marijuana recreationally were unaware that they could get a DUI for driving while stoned.
As Amy Ford, a spokesperson for CDOT, has pointed out, “we won’t be satisfied until everyone in Colorado takes driving high seriously, so the need for awareness and education is paramount.”
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