Patrol ramps up enforcement efforts for 4/20

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To help keep drug-impaired drivers off the roads, the North Dakota Highway Patrol and other law-enforcement agencies nationwide will ramp up enforcement efforts Monday through Thursday, April 18-21, to spread the message that drug-impaired driving of any kind is dangerous and illegal.

Drug-impaired driving has become an increasing danger on North Dakota roadways, the patrol said. In recent years, several states have passed laws allowing marijuana use on a recreational or medical basis, but it is illegal to use marijuana and then drive.

On Wednesday, April 20, there will likely be an increase in marijuana use on Wednesday, April 20, which is more commonly known as 4/20 and has become synonymous with marijuana use and known as a marijuana “holiday,” the patrol said.

In the last five years, 222 people in North Dakota have died in crashes involving impaired drivers, the patrol said.

Nationally, approximately 46% of drivers who are killed in crashes and tested for drugs, test positive, the patrol said. It has been proven that THC can slow reaction times, impair cognitive performance, and make it more difficult for drivers to keep a steady position in their lane.


“If you use marijuana and choose to drive, you are not only threatening your personal safety, but the safety of other motorists, passengers and pedestrians,” NDHP Assistant Operations Cmdr. Lt. Adam Dvorak said. “It is the responsibility of all drivers to obey the law and to make safe responsible choices, which means giving your keys to a sober driver or using a ride sharing service.”

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