Aug 24, 2011 6:52 PM by Andy Koen

DUI crackdown focuses on marijuana and prescription drugs

As part of the current Heat is On impaired driving campaign, officers in our state are targeting drivers who use medical marijuana and prescription drugs before driving.

Posters such as the one pictured are being put up at gas pumps across the state warning drivers not to medicate and drive. There's also a public service announcement being broadcast on radio stations.

Statistics released by the Colorado State Patrol indicate that between the years 2006 and 2010, at least 411 people died in accidents that involved a driver who tested positive for drug use.

The CSP also reports that the number of specially trained drug recognition officers has doubled from 85 in 2005 to 173.

State lawmakers have not been able to pass legislation that establishes legal limits of marijuana in a person's system.

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