What are the Effects of Driving While High?
Cannabis physiologically affects drivers’ ability to drive and react quickly in critical situations. Numerous independent studies have confirmed that cannabis impairs critical abilities needed to drive safely. Some of these include:
- Slow reaction time
- Difficulties in road tracking and lane-position variability
- Decreased, divided attention
- Impaired cognitive performance
- Relaxed Inhbitions
- Impaired executive functions, including route p lanning, decision making, and risk task or a combination of all
Consequences of Driving High
Under Colorado law, drivers can get a DUI or DWAI at the slightest degree for driving while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. Drivers can be arrested and ticketed for impaired driving. A law enforcement officer will arrest and cite for any degree of influence, even if blood results show below 5np of Delta 9 THC.
- Fines can range from $200 – $1,500
- A DUI or DWAI can range from $200 – $500 and 2-180 days of jail for first time convictions
- Additional fees can make a DUI more than $13,000 in fees