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LAS VEGAS (KSNV News3LV) —
Drive high, Get a DUI, is the message the Nevada Highway Patrol and Nevada Office of Traffic Safety want Nevadans to remember as the use of recreational marijuana becomes legal Sunday.
Though recreational use will become legal, the use of marijuana prior to, or in the act of, driving continues to be illegal and a serious crime.
“We care about your use of marijuana once you get behind the wheel and drive.”, said NHP Trooper Jason Buratczuk. “Those using marijuana cannot judge their own level of impairment and need to understand that any amount of consumption puts individuals at a greater risk of an impaired crash, injury and even death when behind the wheel.”
As driving high has always been illegal, Nevada law enforcement officers are trained to recognize the signs and symptoms of driving under the influence of marijuana.
If an individual is stopped on suspicion of a DUI, the officer will conduct field sobriety tests on the driver. The officer will make a determination based on driving behavior, performance on field sobriety tests, and overall observations of the driver. If the officer, determines that the driver is under the influence of marijuana or other intoxicating substance, the driver will be required to submit to a blood test.
Nevada law (NRS 484C.110) specifies that drivers with two nanograms of active THC implies DUI. However, no matter the level of THC, law enforcement officers will base arrests on observed impairment.
“Just like alcohol, if your plans involve marijuana, make sure you plan a safe and sober ride home,” Buratczuk said. “Never risk your life, or the lives of others, by driving impaired.”
Currently, Nevada law does not