Colorado wins federal grant to prevent stoned driving

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

DENVER (AP) Colorado is getting a federal grant to prevent stoned driving, along with new funds to train police officers to spot drivers impaired by marijuana.

The Denver Post reports that Colorado has received a $400,000 grant from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Some of the money will be spent on television advertising about the dangers of driving stoned.

Colorado legalized recreational marijuana in 2012, and stoned-driving arrests have gone up. State highway officials say marijuana use was a factor in more than 1,000 driving-under-the-influence cases filed in 2012. There were 24,742 total DUI and driving-while-ability-impaired cases filed in Colorado that year.

The grant will also be used to train 35 more drug recognition experts among Colorado law enforcement agencies. Colorado currently has 185 such officers.

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