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Colorado officials target DUID crimes

In Colorado, officials are trying to raise awareness about the dangers associated with driving while under the influence of drugs, abbreviated as DUID. The department of transportation in the state recently launched a brand new campaign about DUID dangers. The campaign features videos and graphics designed to address the situation.

So far in 2016, nearly one in five DUIs in the state involves marijuana. According to the department of transportation, a survey conducted showed that more than 50 percent users of marijuana drove under the influence about seven days on average each month. The department is collaborating with dispensaries to put educational posters in areas where people purchase marijuana products.

The department said its goal is to help people to understand that DUID has the exact same implications as driving while alcohol impaired. For instance, driving after taking drugs can impair a person's vision and reaction time. Both of these are considered important for driving safely.

When a person is charged with and convicted of DUID in Colorado, this can negatively impact on his or her reputation and make it challenging to obtain particular jobs in the future. Fortunately, a person charged with this type of crime is always presumed innocent unless his or her guilt is proved in court. Prosecutors have to prove the charges beyond a reasonable doubt before a conviction can be secured. A careful look at the evidence that the prosecution plans to use to support its allegations might be a core area of focus for the criminal defense in a DUID case.

Source: 9news.com, "CDOT to put educational messages on rolling papers", Bailey Neel, May 18, 2016

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