The Missouri Department of Transportation announced on Monday the state’s law enforcement officers will be out in full force this weekend, patrolling for drivers who are high after celebrating the 420 holiday. The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDoT) noted in a press release that “while cannabis is now legalized for recreational and medicinal use in many states, it is still illegal in all states to drive under the influence of it” and that police would be especially on the lookout for stoned drivers on Friday and Saturday, April 19 and 20. The 420 drugged-driving enforcement campaign has been dubbed ‘Drive High, Get a DUI’ by the agency.
Jon Nelson, MoDOT assistant to the state highway safety and traffic engineer, said that the agency wanted residents of the state to consider what is at stake when drivers are impaired.
“Driving drug-impaired or riding with someone who is drug-impaired is not worth the risk,” said Nelson. “Not only do you risk killing yourself or someone else, but the trauma and financial costs of a crash or an arrest for driving while substance-impaired can be significant. The consequences are serious and real.”
The Toll of Impaired Driving
Last year in Missouri, 78 people