• Mar 10th 2014 at 8:40AM
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The Colorado Department of Transportation released three new public service announcements today encouraging newly legal recreational marijuana users to attempt to do anything they want, just not driving. The PSAs are part of a new push to keep stoned drivers off the road.

The commercials feature young men, who make up the bulk of DUIs, according to The Washington Post. In the spots, stoned men attempt to do simple tasks which are made more complicated by the fog of wacky weed. One man proudly hangs a flat screen TV, which immediately falls. Another attempts to light a grill without a propane tank and the third shows a man who has clearly forgotten why he is dribbling a basketball while his friends wait for him to take a free throw. All these activities are legal while high, the commercials assure viewers, but what's not legal is driving afterward.

Driving while high is a major concern of residents in the Colorado. Concerns over stoned driving nearly killed the recreational use bill before it became a law. Colorado law enforcement agencies are increasing the number of drug-recognition experts they have on the roads this year.

Since legalization, out of the 402 drivers cited for impaired driving in January in Colorado, 60 were pulled over for suspected marijuana use. That's only 15 percent of DUI citations issued. There's no way to know if the legalization of recreational marijuana has contributed to a rise of DUI citations however, because before the law went into effect, DUIs weren't broken down by what substance drivers had used.

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      • 1 Year Ago
      I would rather be on the road with soneone who is stoned than someone who is drunk any day...
      • 1 Year Ago
      Great, another substance to impair driving...
      Victor Gonzalez
      • 1 Year Ago
      I don't know where you get that all stoners are like that. May be the first time. The real deal is that they being doing this for long time and just now you pay attention to the matter. The true is that people smoking weed behave a lot better that you think. Being around the whole time working, driving, shopping having dinner around you with no problems.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Victor Gonzalez
        I function the same way when I'm on drugs( which is almost every day)... Except my drug of choice is meth.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Will the politicians that passed this law, take responsibility when the first death occurs related to a stoner DUI? One can only hope that it is only the stoner that dies. Unfortunately, it is usually the innocent driver or family that dies as a result of a DUI accident.. Trading pieces of silver for human life. Way to go colorado!
        • 1 Year Ago
        you are sooooo right. So we should be directing all the dwi victims back to bootleggers or the politicians that eventually allowed booze. We are responsible for our own actions.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Plenty of people drive "stoned" and not from pot. Pain Killer, cold medicines, drinking, the list goes on. I find it ironic that people are in an uproar of Pot but Vicodin, all of the Codeines, Pseudoephedrine in cold medicine, the list goes on and on that's all OK?
        • 1 Year Ago
        It's not ok if they impair your ability to safely operate any mode of transportation on public streets. Now I don't smoke pot but it seems to me that you can't get just a teeny bit high and get in an accident (where it wasn't even your fault), and convince anybody that being high had nothing to do with it.
      • 1 Year Ago
      This stuff is hilarious, well done Colorado.
      • 1 Year Ago
      hmmm... were the "actors" truly under the influence when these were filmed? They actually seem to be "type-cast" cuz they do a good job of looking like 'dopes' rather than real people... how about some REAL users in controlled situations like driving simulators attempting to respond to driving hazards? While the message is valid, and very important, these kind of 1950's style propaganda "messages" only serve to further the biased views of the producers... And how about equal time spent on alcohol and legal prescription influence driving? Any intoxicant is dangerous when used without proper self control...
      • 1 Year Ago
      Drugs and alcohol all change the ability of the human brain to deal with reality. We now are all exposed to the dumb things these drugs will cause. Future lawsuits will take away any profits that the state of Colorado makes of the taxes that this drug creates. If you are injured by someone high on this drug, sue the state for allowing it.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Good luck with that.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Colo. made 2 million in tax revenue the first month. How much was spent for the 15% dui's and the public service announcements and the policing of the new law?
      Hi Gram, Ty&Dill
      • 1 Year Ago
      What did they expect to happen?
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wayyyy to goooo! Of course, there are alawys those who also claim Oxycontin, Lortab, etc are a menace to people. These are PRESCRIPTION drugs - they have a specific use. People must inform themselves as to the use of prescriptions - that way they can live a healthy life. and stop their use when no longer needed. Then again, we have created a society that expect a PILL will solve all their problems...., of course, a pill paid by OTHERS!
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