Drug-Impaired Driving Detail | April 2023

Published on April 17, 2023

The Lincoln Police Department will join in a nationwide “Drug Impaired Driving” mobilization occurring between April 19 and 23, 2023. Officers will be conducting extra enforcement throughout the city on April 20 and 21 to help reduce drug-impaired driving that may occur on these days. The officers working this detail have all received advanced training in drugged driving detection. Drivers are urged to remember that “If you feel different, you drive different” and you face the same legal repercussions for driving high as you do for driving under the influence of alcohol. If you are stopped while driving high, you will get a DUI. The Nebraska Department of Transportation-Highway Safety Office is providing funding for overtime for increased enforcement during this campaign.

Fast Facts (NHTSA

  • The psychoactive component of marijuana can slow reaction times, impair cognitive performance and make it more difficult to keep a steady lane position.
  • There are many misconceptions about marijuana use, such as rumors that it can make you a safer driver or it can’t impair you. Several scientific studies show this is false.
  • If you’re feeling a little high, buzzed or stoned, never get behind the wheel. If you do, you will be arrested for DUI.

 

Be Responsible, Be Safe: Plan Ahead of Time

  • Plan a safe and sober ride home ahead of time.
  • If you have smoked or ingested an impairing substance, do not drive.
  • Call 911 if you see a suspected impaired driver.
  • Always wear your seat belt — it’s your best defense against impaired drivers.

 

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