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April 19, 2018
Des Moines, Iowa


Iowa State Patrol to Participate in Six-State Drug Impaired Driving Enforcement Campaign
“Driving High? Kiss Your License Goodbye!"

Like drunk driving, drugged driving is impaired driving, which means it is illegal in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and Washington D.C.  Whether the drug is obtained legally or illegally, driving while drug-impaired poses a threat to the driver, vehicle passengers and other road users.

Between April 20 and April 22, the Iowa State Patrol will join participating law enforcement from Arkansas, Kansas, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska and Oklahoma in “Driving High? Kiss Your License Goodbye!” – a six-state Drug Impaired Driving enforcement campaign to put an end to drug impaired driving.

It is never safe to drive when impaired. This not only means refraining from drunk driving, but also from drug-impaired driving.  If you think driving while high won’t affect you, you are wrong; 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. The bottom line is this: It doesn’t matter what term is used, if a person is high, stoned, wasted or drunk, he or she is impaired. Driving while impaired by any substance is illegal and can be deadly to the driver and other road users.



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