Nov 21, 2012 7:48 PM by Matt Stafford

Marijuana DUI a concern, especially after Amendment 64

Not all is Golden in the Golden State; there are concerning numbers on California drivers under the influence.

After Amendment 64 passed in Colorado, local leaders have been sounding off about public safety worries, driving included.

Out of 1,300 California drivers who were voluntarily tested by the state Office of Traffic Safety, 14 percent tested positive for marijuana or other drugs. Seven percent were under the influence of alcohol.

Impaired driving is a big worry here as well, especially after the passage of Amendment 64 legalizing marijuana.

"I'm very concerned about public safety," Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach told News 5. "I asked the Police Chief what this might mean in terms of his need for increased sworn officers, he said he doesn't know yet, it could be 50, 100, 200 officers. Well we don't have the money to do that."

State legislators tried to narrow down marijuana DUI laws in the last legislative session, but Senate Bill 117 didn't make it.

"As marijuana use goes up in the state of Colorado, the number of people using marijuana and driving automobiles goes up as well," Rep. Mark Waller, a Republican from Colorado Springs told News 5 in the early stages of planning for trying to pass the DUI law the first time around.

With Amendment 64 a real deal, Waller's hopes are high that the DUI bill will be passed this year.



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