DUID Victim Voices

Education and promoting effective laws to reduce Driving Under the Influence of Drugs (DUID)

About DUID Victim Voices:

Many voices are heard when a state considers stronger DUID laws. The voices of the marijuana lobby, law enforcement professionals, forensic toxicologists, and drug users typically dominate. DUID Victim Voices represents the interests of the victims of drugged driving, providing fact-based education and a victim perspective to decision makers and to the general public.

Background

All states define alcohol DUI per se with laboratory tests that prove impairment by a blood alcohol level greater than .08 gm/dl for adults and greater than zero (or .02 gm/dl) for minors. Laboratory tests are routinely performed for all suspected alcohol DUI cases. Only 17 states define drug DUI (DUID) per se by objective laboratory tests.

Three additional states have established permissible limits for marijuana’s active THC in drivers, but these limits are a poor substitute for comprehensive drug per se laws. All other states use more difficult, costly, and subjective means to prove DUID on a case-by-case basis, with highly variable results.

The Denver Post got something right – almost

informNoelle Phillips and Elizabeth Hernandez got some things right in their Denver Post article, “State still not sure whether legal pot made roads less safe.”  The article was generally well done and reasonably accurate.  

Colorado’s DUI law, which has a single definition of DUI irrespective of cause was correctly cited as a prime reason that Colorado is woefully behind in attempting to understand the impact of marijuana on road safety.  If you don’t measure … READ MORE

It’s embarrassing

I confess to having one of the more foolish members of Congress as my representative – Jared Polis.  He managed to dupe the rest of Congress into including a portion of his “LUCID” Act into the recently enacted 1,300-page highway bill.  Fortunately, Read More

Dumbing down the jury pool

Forbes Magazine has joined the Denver Post, the Los Angeles Times and other rags that spread misinformation about drugged driving.  Jacob Sullum’s Colorado's Prosecutors Complain They Have To Prove DUID Defendants Were Actually Impaired was the most Read More