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Law enforcement to be out in 'full force' for 4/20

April 16, 2019 - 5:54 pm

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KMOX) — Don’t be surprised if you see more law enforcement on the roads this weekend — they’re keeping a lookout for those potentially driving under the influence of marijuana.   

The Missouri Department of Transportation issued a release Monday about its first “420 drugged-driving enforcement campaign” with law enforcement to be patrolling roadways in "full force."

4/20 is a moniker for the holiday celebrated in cannabis culture on April 20, which lands on a Saturday this year.

“While cannabis is now legalized for recreational and medicinal use in many states, it is still illegal in all states to drive under the influence of it,” MoDOT said.

The campaign will begin Friday, April 19 and last through Saturday, April 20 in an effort to reduce the number of drug-impaired driving accidents this weekend.

MoDOT cited 2018 statistics revealing that 78 people died and 142 were seriously injured in Missouri traffic accidents involving at least one drug-impaired driver.

“Driving drug-impaired or riding with someone who is drug-impaired is not worth the risk,” said Jon Nelson, MoDOT assistant to the state highway safety and traffic engineer. “Not only do you risk killing yourself or someone else, but the trauma and financial costs of a crash or an arrest for driving while substance-impaired can be significant. The consequences are serious and real.”

To learn more about the campaign, MoDOT encourages drivers to visit savemolives.com.

Watch MoDOT's latest campaign video here:

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