Colorado anti-drugged driving campaign announced

Friday, the Colorado Department of Transportation launched an anti-drugged driving campaign aimed at educating people about the dangers–and illegality–of driving while on drugs.

In addition to alcohol, the department said it and various law enforcement agencies are on the lookout for medical marijuana users, people driving under the influence of other legally prescribed medicines and even some over the counter medications.

From the CDOT web site:

CDOT, the Colorado State Patrol and statewide law enforcement agencies are kicking off the national DUI crackdown by launching a new campaign aimed at preventing drugged driving – including driving under the influence of prescription medication, over-the-counter medication, medical marijuana and illicit drugs.

From thedenverchannel.com:

Officials say the campaign is aimed at preventing drugged driving caused by prescription medication, over-the-counter medication, medical marijuana and illicit drugs. However, some of the advertisements specifically target medical marijuana users.

One poster being sent to medical marijuana clinics and pharmacies says, “A medical marijuana card isn’t a license to drive under the influence.”

Another says “You can’t hide driving under the influence of cannabis. Drug recognition experts are trained to spot the signs.”

Scot Kersgaard has been managing editor of a political newspaper, editor and co-owner of a ski town newspaper, executive editor of eight high-tech magazines (where he worked with current Apple CEO Tim Cook), deputy press secretary to a U.S. Senator, and an outdoors columnist at the Rocky Mountain News. He has an English degree from the University of Washington. He was awarded a fellowship to study internet journalism at the University of Maryland's Knight Center for Specialized Journalism. He was student body president in college. He spends his free time hiking and skiing.

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