Drugged Driving | Meet the Effects

Don't Drive High  THC slows reaction time, distorts perception, and doubles the risk of a crash.  Colorado Department of Transportation

Meet The Weed Effects

THC is proven to slow reaction time, reduce focus, and temporarily weaken problem solving skills. Consuming THC affects you differently than alcohol, but it impairs driving ability all the same. CDOT’s Meet The Effects Campaign is committed to raising awareness of the dangers of driving high. When someone is high behind the wheel, the chances of a crash are doubled, and the chances of a DUI are even higher. The average cost of a DUI is $13,500 for alcohol and drugs. Keep your high harmless and off the road.

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Beyond CBD: Understanding Different Cannabinoids

A small glass bottle and dropper with CBD hemp oil droplets resting on a wicker table.

The curiosity surrounding cannabis and its various compounds continues to grow. From the well-known THC and CBD to the emerging minor cannabinoids like CBG and CBN, users are increasingly eager to understand the spectrum of psychoactive and non-psychoactive compounds.

Read the full Beyond CBD: Understanding Different Cannabinoids article here.

CDOT's Safety Guide for 420 Celebrations

The lawn of the 420 Mile High Festival in Denver Colorado

Whether you’re attending 420 on the Rocks, The Mile High 420 Festival or just hanging out with friends, make sure your April 20 plans include a sober ride home. While cannabis consumption is legal in Colorado, driving high is not — any amount of impairment puts you at risk for a DUI.

As heavy cannabis consumption coincides with cannabis-inspired events, CDOT is offering important planning and safety tips to consumers.

For more about on CDOT's Safety Guide for 420 Celebrations, click here.

Teens wonder, "How do cops know I'm driving high?"

Illustration of a driver holding and looking into their rearview mirror with the message "Drive High Get a DUI" in the upper left-hand corner of the screen.

Getting a driver license for the first time is a major milestone, and it means knowing what you can’t do while you’re behind the wheel, like driving high. CDOT is working with driving schools around Colorado, the Colorado Department of Revenue’s Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and other agencies to provide early education and understanding about what happens if you drive after using marijuana.

Learn more about Drive High, Get a DUI here.

Driving High versus Driving Drunk

Alcoholic drink in a cocktail glass with cannabis leaf decor on top.

While driving high isn't identical to driving drunk, there are undeniable similarities between the two. Both alcohol and marijuana impact your ability to drive safely. Driving drunk may be more prevalent, but driving high is still dangerous and illegal — and the effects of each substance present major risks on Colorado's roads. In 2023 alone, there were 227 impaired driving deaths in Colorado, representing nearly 32% of all road fatalities in the state.

For more about on marijuana-impaired driving, click here.

Is Gen Z Driving High More Than Other Generations?

Can you drive safely under the influence of cannabis/alcohol? “Strongly agree” and “somewhat agree” responses by generational age breakdown reported in CDOT’s 2023 Driver Behavior Survey: Cannabis — Age 16-24: 37% Yes, Age 25-34: 17% Yes, Age 35-44: 18% Yes  Alcohol — Age 16-24: 19% Yes, Age 25-34: 14% Yes, Age 35-44: 11% Yes

Generation Z is the first generation of Coloradans who have grown up in a state where recreational cannabis is legal. As this group transitions into adulthood, CDOT is examining how the attitudes and behaviors of Gen Z differ from those of previous generations when it comes to driving high.

Learn more about Gen Z consumers here.

Meet the Bean

Illustration of the three bean characters in their cars with Meet the Effects written above

Is it an avocado? A legume? An eggplant? It’s hard to say for sure. What we do know is that this friendly character has become known as “the bean” in traffic safety circles. We can’t tell you where he came from or where he’s been, but we can tell you why he’s here. He’s been very vocal about it. He’s here to tell us about the dangers of driving high.

For more about educating consumers on marijuana-impaired driving, click here.