Colorado Official: Nebraska Needs to Address Drugged Driving

December 10, 2015

A Colorado highway safety official says Nebraska should not wait for marijuana to become before acting to keep drugged drivers off the roads.

The Lincoln Journal Star reports Glenn Davis, highway safety manager for the Colorado Department of Transportation, and others spoke at a summit on drugged driving hosted by the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety and AAA.

Davis said that like Nebraska, Colorado consolidates bans on driving while intoxicated and driving while drugged, making it difficult to distinguish between arrests.

Phil Tegeler, executive director at The Bridge Behavioral Health, who spoke on a panel with state Attorney General Doug Peterson, said that there is no widely accepted cutoff for drugs similar to blood-alcohol limits.

Susan DeCourcy with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said more law enforcement agencies will begin to use saliva testing devices during the next five years.

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  • December 15, 2015 at 2:58 pm
    David says:
    Before legalization, Colorado was arresting around 10,000 people per year just for simple marijuana possession. The average arrest from start to finish ends up costing about $... read more
  • December 14, 2015 at 10:57 am
    Jereome says:
    Colorado has had immense issues with this very issue and cannot get its act together--yet. Alaska and Washington are having an even worse time. It does seem that the costs o... read more
  • December 13, 2015 at 11:18 am
    Rob S. says:
    There is nothing ironic about it at all. Colorado has experience in regulating marijuana issues in a safe legal fashion. Nebraska needs that information to get a jump start be... read more

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