Police: Marijuana use impairs drivers | The Hawk Eye – Burlington, IowaPosted by On

To some, April 20 is a holiday. There will likely be an increase in marijuana use that Thursday.

With an uncertain history, April 20 (more commonly known as 4/20) has become synonymous with marijuana use and, in some circles, the date is a marijuana “holiday.”

To help keep drug-impaired drivers off the roads, the U.S. Dept. of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is teaming up with the Burlington Police Department to spread the message that drug-impaired driving of any kind is dangerous and illegal. The police want to remind drivers: “If You Feel Different, You Drive Different.”

It doesn’t matter what the day is; marijuana impairment is a threat when behind the wheel of a vehicle. The police are asking community members to obey the law and make safe choices when driving.

• If used or using an impairing substance such as marijuana, do not drive. Passengers should never ride with an impaired driver. If a driver could be impaired, do not get in the car.

• If drug-impaired, pass the keys to a driver who has not used marijuana and can safely drive you to the destination. Like drunk driving, it is essential that drug-impaired drivers refrain from driving a vehicle. It is never okay to drive while impaired by any substance.

• If a friend is about to drive while impaired by drugs, take the keys away and arrange…

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