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Published: Mon, January 01, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Police patrols looking for drug impaired drivers

Police patrols looking for drug impaired drivers

"The legalization of cannabis does not change the effect it has on the central nervous system".

Officials are cautioning Californians that the state won't be devoid of marijuana regulations when the drug becomes legal for recreational use on January 1.

The event is part of the "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign.

"It has taken more than 35 years to convince the vast majority of the public that driving under the influence of alcohol is risky, illegal and socially unacceptable", the agency's director, Rhonda Craft, said in a statement.

"It has taken more than 35 years to convince the vast majority of the public that driving under the influence of alcohol is risky, illegal and socially unacceptable", said Rhonda Craft, Director of Office of Traffic Safety.

A highway sign along the 280 Freeway in San Jose warns drivers against driving under the influence of marijuana on December 27, 2017.

Law enforcement throughout the county - and state - will be scouring roadways searching for drunken and otherwise impaired drivers throughout the New Year's holiday weekend. A CHP Drug Recognition expert, certified by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, will also be on site to provide assessments of any drivers suspected of drug use.

This training helps them better detect people driving under the influence of street drugs, prescription drugs, and cannabis. Marijuana was the most common drug.

CHP officers who are trained at identifying drug and alcohol impaired drivers will staff the sobriety checkpoint.

As a result- the California Highway Patrol will have its maximum enforcement period starting Friday night all the way through New Year's Day. CHP says the risks and consequences of driving impaired are too great for any driver. If you see a driver who appears to be impaired, do not hesitate to call 9-1-1.

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