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 immediately 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 quite a few states, it is nonetheless illegal in all states to drive below the influence of it” and that police would be particularly 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 take into account what is at stake when drivers are impaired.
“Driving drug-impaired or riding with an individual who is drug-impaired is not worth the danger,” stated Nelson. “Not only do you danger killing oneself or an individual else, but the trauma and economic expenses of a crash or an arrest for driving whilst substance-impaired can be substantial. The consequences are severe and true.”
The Toll of Impaired Driving
Final year in Missouri, 78 folks had been killed and 142 extra had been seriously injured in website traffic collisions that involved at least one particular impaired driver, according to preliminary information from MoDoT.
“The Missouri Coalition for Roadway Security reminds motorists of the different choices accessible to get every person property secure. Designating a sober driver, calling a cab or employing public transportation are just a couple of of these choices. Don’t forget, if you really feel diverse, you drive diverse,” the release noted.
Nelson also reminded drivers of other frequent sense ideas to remain secure behind the wheel.
“We encourage all drivers to take duty and make intelligent possibilities so that every person gets property secure,” he stated. “Drive sober, buckle up and telephone down.” Apart from driving fully sober from alcohol and drugs, motorists are also advised to place their cell phones down whilst driving and usually buckle up – every person, just about every trip, just about every time.