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January 2018 Archives

Standardized test for marijuana intoxication still elusive

The Colorado Department of Transportation says that "any amount of marijuana consumption puts you at risk of driving impaired" and warns that you cannot judge your own level of impairment. The official DUID threshold for marijuana is five nanograms of active tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), but officers are expected to base DUID arrests on the things they observe that indicate impairment.

Research panel urges states to reduce DUI limit to 0.05 percent

How can society reduce the number of drunk-driving fatalities? The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration was looking for evidence-based answers, so it turned to a panel from the nonprofit National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine and commissioned a report. That report is in, and one of the key recommendations was for states to reduce their DUI threshold level from a blood-alcohol content of 0.08 percent to 0.05.

Sessions nixes federal marijuana policy — is a crackdown coming?

Even though more states are starting to legalize the recreational use of marijuana under state law, it continues to be very much illegal under federal law. In the past, these conflicting laws generally weren’t a problem, largely because of an Obama-era policy that essentially limited the federal prosecution of businesses and individuals involved in the marijuana business as long as they complied with state law.

New legislation hopes to rid Colorado of red-light cameras

While some people believe red-light cameras are a useful tool for making our roads safer, there are a great many who think cities simply use them to drive revenue. Regardless of which side you may fall on, however, there is no denying that it can be extremely frustrating to get a ticket from a “robot” for running a red light.

CO lawmakers trying to close perceived loophole in texting law

Last summer when Colorado’s new texting-while-driving law went into effect, many were surprised by the new language of the law ― particularly since it appeared to create a loophole that legalized texting while driving for some.

Critics' reaction to proposed 0.05 BAC threshold

As our readers across Colorado and elsewhere know, the legal limit for behind-the-wheel intoxication in the state and nationally is a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.08. Anything at or above that level as determined by a blow into a breathalyzer or a blood draw will instantly produce a major headache for a motorist.

The ‘heat’ was certainly on for Colorado drivers in 2017

As we have written about many times before, Colorado law enforcement agencies will often coordinate and implement multiple DUI crackdowns throughout the year as part of the state’s “The Heat is On” DUI campaign. These DUI enforcement periods typically occur during holidays and other major events, including New Year’s, the Super Bowl and Saint Patrick’s Day, just to name a few.