June 1, 2017 Governor Hickenlooper signed HB17-1315, negotiated and written by DUID Victim Voices founder Ed Wood. The bill requires Colorado to collect, analyze and annually publish DUI/DUID data from the Colorado’s courts, laboratories and state agencies. Beginning in March, 2018, when the first report is scheduled to be published, Colorado will have a better understanding of the causes of DUI citations; alcohol, drugs, or combinations of both. The state will know which drugs … READ MORE
Colorado’s legislature passed House Bill 1315 on May 10th, its last day before adjourning for the year. The bill directs the Department of Public Safety’s Office of Research and Statistics to collect, analyze and publish DUI data to advise policy makers on the causes and results of DUI in Colorado. Like many states, Colorado has a single citation for DUI irrespective of cause; alcohol, drugs, or a combination of alcohol and drugs. Therefore, current state … READ MORE
It feels great to share a bit of good news. Our DUID Data Bill was introduced into the Colorado House of Representatives by Representatives Jonathan Singer (D) and Polly Lawrence (R) April 3, 2017. HB17-1315, “Concerning the acquisition of data to analyze DUI offenses being committed by offenders” is an important first step to eventually changing Colorado’s DUID laws which today are the weakest in the nation.
Today, Colorado does not collect, analyze, and … READ MORE
Colorado makes no effort to collect, analyze and publish DUID statistics in the state. The state’s DUI reports cannot distinguish between causes of DUI, even though many law enforcement officers are trained to do so.
The ability to identify drugged drivers is especially true in the Colorado State Patrol (CSP) that typically writes 20-25% of the state’s DUI citations. All troopers are trained in ARIDE (Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement), which gives them more tools to identify … READ MORE
“Pot comments fire anxiety,” screamed a 5 column first page headline in the March 4th edition of The Denver Post, long known for its pro-pot reporting. This story was no exception, reporting on the potential effects of enforcing federal drug laws.
Although the story was purporting to be on the comments from Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Press Secretary Sean Spicer that cause anxiety in the cannabis industry, nearly all of the comments quoted … READ MORE