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Iowa participating in special driving enforcement campaign

Apr 20, 2018

Between today and Sunday, the Iowa State Patrol will join participating law enforcement from Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Oklahoma in “Driving High? Kiss Your License Goodbye!” — a drug-impaired driving enforcement campaign to put an end to drug impaired driving.

Like drunk driving, drugged driving is impaired driving, which means it is illegal in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C. Whether the drug is obtained legally or illegally, driving while drug-impaired poses a threat to the driver, vehicle passengers and other road users.

It is never safe to drive when impaired. This not only means refraining from drunk driving, but also from drug-impaired driving.

According to the Iowa Department of Public Safety, if you think driving while high won’t affect you, you are wrong; it has been proven that THC — the chemical responsible for most of marijuana’s psychological effects — slows reaction times, impairs cognitive performance and makes it more difficult for drivers to keep a steady position in their lane.

The bottom line is this: It doesn’t matter what term is used, if a person is high, stoned, wasted or drunk, he or she is impaired, and driving while impaired by any substance is illegal and can be deadly to the driver and other road users according to the state’s Department of Public Safety.

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