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Marijuana DUIs drop 33 percent in the first quarter of 2017 compared with last year, but officials still concerned

By: Hayley Sanchez, The Denver Post
April 17, 2017 Updated: April 17, 2017 at 9:36 pm
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photo - Medical marijuana plants grow at Rocky Mountain Miracles Friday, April 4, 2014.  Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette
Medical marijuana plants grow at Rocky Mountain Miracles Friday, April 4, 2014. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette 

The number of citations for driving while under the influence of marijuana dropped by 33.2 percent in the first quarter of 2017 compared with the same period last year, but the number of people using marijuana and then driving continues to be a concern for Colorado officials.

“We’re still troubled by the fact that marijuana users are still telling us they routinely drive high,” Colorado Department of Transportation spokesman Sam Cole said Monday. “We’re pleased with the awareness, but we’re not so pleased with the behaviors that are actually happening.”

Cole said that in a survey conducted by CDOT, 55 percent of marijuana users said they believed it was safe to drive while under the influence. So three years ago when recreational marijuana was legalized, according to Cole, CDOT launched the “Drive High, Get a DUI” campaign to raise awareness that driving while stoned was illegal.

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