With Marijuana's Rise, More States Find Firm Answers Are Hard to Come By
As more states consider rescinding bans on recreational marijuana use, lawmakers, police officers and transportation officials are urging each other to prepare for an increase in drugged drivers. Exactly how should they brace for a siege of stoned drivers? No one is quite sure.
Marijuana Legalization May Be Having Unexpected Consequence
With the legalization of marijuana spreading through several states in recent years, transportation officials have wondered about the potential for problems with drugged drivers on the nation's roadways. Bet they didn't have this in mind.
The Colorado Department of Transportation recently tested a traffic blimp over Denver to keep a high-altitude eye on interstates in the Mile-High City. The device is tethered to the ground, but officials get a much more complete view of what's happening on the road.
Hyundai and Kia dealers in Grand Junction, CO, are buying $180,000 in gift cards for local businesses and giving them away to previous customers as part of a new marketing strategy. Not only does the plan get more buyers into the the showrooms than traditional advertising, but it reinvests money back into the community.
A defense attorney in Colorado Springs, CO is taking a different step in the fight against drunk driving, offering a $1,000 scholarship to teens willing to write about their experiences driving under the influence.
The argument regarding the legalization of marijuana in Washington and Colorado has its fair share of both supporters and detractors. Some point to a drop in violent crimes and big bumps in tax revenue, while others will point to an increase the number of people driving under the influence. Interestingly, though, that little stat may actually add one more item into the pros column.
Legal marijuana has not raised danger on the roads so far
Colorado's recent legalization of recreational marijuana has fueled fears about public safety on roadways, with critics pointing to the drug's negative effect on cognitive ability and reaction time. But according to numbers compiled by the Washington Post, traffic fatalities are near historic lows in the state since decriminalization was put into place.
Travelers unable to bring extra weed home ditch it before heading into the airport
Car rental agencies operating at Denver International Airport are reporting tourists with extra pot are frequently handing it off to their employees or stashing their stash in the cars before they return them.
Randy Reese is the Colorado dreamcatcher for those who still light votive candles at the altar of Our Lady of El Camino. He fulfills his role by importing the bodies of Australian utes, like the one pictured above, and installing them on the chassis' of fully US-compliant cars like the Pontiac GTO, G8, or Chevrolet Caprice or Impala. His two-year-old company only builds a few cars a year - each one takes 2.5 months - but they're all fully done up with their original safety equipment, accessories
When it comes to choosing a guy who's gone from Rocky Mountain High to sea level in the electric vehicle world, the Electrification Coalition couldn't have made a better choice. The EV advocacy group has tapped Tony Posawatz, he of the former Chevrolet Volt and Fisker Automotive fame, to help spread the EV word. Posawatz will head the Coalition's community efforts in Drive Electric Northern Colorado (DENC) and Drive Electric Orlando (DEO).