News reports are just coming out about a campaign that the police ran in Iowa and neighboring states on April 19 and April 20. They claim that around 737 people got arrested while driving under the influence in just those two days.
The campaign was called "Drive high? Get a DUI" and it focused on searching out drivers who had used marijuana before getting behind the wheel. After all, you can face charges for any type of impairment, not just alcohol.
"THC impairs judgment, reaction time and makes it harder for drivers to keep a steady position in their lane," police said in a statement.
The breakdown of arrests is as follows:
- Iowa: 136
- Missouri: 265
- Nebraska: 113
- Kansas: 148
- Arizona: 75
It is very important for people to know that they cannot drive after using marijuana and that they can face similar penalties as they would if they drank before driving. While the two drugs impact the body in different ways, the police are looking for anyone who shows signs of impairment.
Every now and then, authorities step up their efforts with a more focused campaign. As these reports show, those campaigns can be very successful and can put hundreds of people behind bars.
Naturally, it is also important for those who get arrested to understand all of the legal defense options they have. A case like this can drastically impact their future. It may change their work prospects or status at school. It's about more than just fines. They deserve a fair trial and they need to know how to protect their rights.