Texarkana Arkansas Police Step Up 4/20 to Prevent Marijuana Impaired Driving | Texarkana
TEXARKANA, Ark. – April 20 is recognized as a marijuana holiday in cannabis culture, according to a press release from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
To celebrate, pot smokers around the world are said to be lighting up at 4:20 p.m. on 4/20 of every year.
Even in police jargon, a “420” indicates that marijuana activity is suspected.
The Texarkana Arkansas Police Department partners with NHTSA to raise awareness of drug-induced driving. Their campaign is “If you feel different, you drive different”. Drive high Get a DUI.
Cpl. Kelly Pilgreen, spokeswoman for the department, said any time there is a mobilization, it means there are officers on patrol dedicated just for that purpose.
According to the NHTSA, between 2009 and 2018, among drivers killed in car crashes and tested for marijuana, the presence of marijuana nearly doubled.
In 2018, 46% of drivers killed in crashes and tested for drugs tested positive.
NHTSA warns that if a person is feeling a little high or buzzing, they should not drive.
It has also been noted that THC has been shown to impair cognitive performance, slow reaction times, and make it difficult for drivers to maintain a stable position in their lane.
If you witness an impaired driver on the road, Pilgreen says please call 911.