Vermont’s legislature sent a recreational marijuana legalization bill to Governor Scott May 18, 2017. Four days later, Scott vetoed the bill, noting concerns with drugged driving and access to marijuana by children. He nevertheless invited the legislature to work with him to craft a version the bill that he could sign. The legislature is scheduled to consider overriding the veto in a special session later in June. The results are uncertain at this time, so … READ MORE
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
The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) updated its 2017 drugged driving report that has garnered an immense amount of press.
Many in the media understood the report to say that drugged driving has surpassed drunk driving, although that was not the report’s conclusion. Data were reported based upon NHTSA’s FARS reports which in turn are primarily based on coroner’s testing of drug and alcohol content of drivers killed in fatal crashes. The GHSA report … 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
Thanks to the efforts of DUID Victim Voices supporter Stephie Mager, Nevada has a DUID per se law that establishes legal limits for several drugs including methamphetamine, amphetamine, cocaine, heroin, LSD, marijuana, and phencyclidine (Angel Dust). The blood THC limit is 2 ng/ml, very close to the limits of quantification of most forensic toxicology laboratories.