Officials plan special enforcement

Law enforcement to focus on drug impaired driving April 19 and 20

Iowa law enforcement officials will conduct a Drug Impaired Driving specialized enforcement campaign throughout the state April 19 and 20.

Drive High, Get an OWI is an intensified effort to fight drug-impaired driving in correlation with the 4/20 ‘holiday.’ Similar efforts are occurring across the region in Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, and Oklahoma. Up and down the highways of these states, officers will be arresting anyone caught driving impaired.

During the Drive High, Get an OWI effort in Iowa, officers will intensify enforcement of the state’s drug-impaired-driving laws. Like drunk driving, drug-impaired driving is illegal in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and Washington DC. Law enforcement will stop and arrest anyone caught driving drug-impaired.

Many people wrongly believe that driving while high won’t affect them. It has been proven that THC – the chemical responsible for most of marijuana’s psychological effects – slows reaction times, impairs cognitive performance and makes it more difficult for drivers to keep a steady position in their lane.

“Drug-impaired driving translates to death on our roadways. Drug-impaired drivers put themselves, their passengers and road users at tremendous risk. “ said Patrick Hoye, Bureau Chief of the Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau. “Just like drunk driving, drug-impaired driving can lead to an OWI.”