Community input wanted on marijuana-impaired driving

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - Do you have ideas or solutions to keep people from getting behind the wheel while under the influence of marijuana?

The Colorado Department of Transportation is hosting a public meeting on marijuana-impaired driving on Tuesday in Colorado Springs. The public is being invited to share input on creative concepts, messaging and general concerns or opinions.

The meeting is taking place Tuesday from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at The Warehouse Restaurant & Gallery at 25 W. Cimarron St.

CDOT will be joined by the Southern Colorado Cannabis Council, Native Roots Dispensary and organizations representing public health, prevention and law enforcement.

CDOT’s Cannabis Conversation is a statewide traffic safety campaign that aims to engage Coloradans in a meaningful discussion about marijuana and driving. In 2018, CDOT gathered feedback from more than 15,000 Coloradans and worked with stakeholders from the marijuana industry, healthcare, law enforcement and community groups to better understand why people drive high and how to facilitate behavior change. This year, CDOT is again reaching out to the public to collaboratively create a new traffic safety ad campaign, and is working with the public and stakeholder groups to develop practical solutions to the issue. In 2018, the Colorado State Patrol (CSP) noted a 25 percent increase in marijuana DUI citations compared to 2017 and more than 20 percent of all DUI citations issued by CSP in 2018 involved marijuana. CDOT will use what it learns in 2019 to address public concerns and create safety campaigns to make Colorado roads safer.