JAMESTOWN – Police are working to crack down on drug-impaired driving as part of an enforcement prevention campaign on 4/20.
April 20, or 4/20, is known as “Weed Day” in some circles because the date corresponds with a numerical code for marijuana.
Last month, the state legalized recreational use of marijuana, however, New York State Police say it is still illegal to drive high.
Like alcohol, police ask anyone who plans to ‘light up’ to designate a sober driver who won’t be using marijuana or use public transportation or a ride-sharing service.
In 2018, police say 46 percent of drivers who were killed in crashes and were tested for drugs, tested positive.
On average, an arrest for impaired driving can set you back $10,000 in attorney’s fees, fines, court costs, lost time at work, higher insurance rates, car towing, and more.
Troopers say if you’re caught driving under the influence of any impairing substance, you can face jail time. Drug-impaired driving also could cause you to lose your driver’s license and your vehicle.