Six States Team Up For 4/20 ‘impaired Driving’ Enforcement Blitz (CMV's Included!)

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Marc Lee's Comment
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By Ashley - CDL Life April 10, 2019

Law enforcement agencies across six state are planning a major enforcement campaign on a popular “stoner” holiday.

State and local police in Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Iowa, and Arkansas, will be increasing patrols from April 20 to April 22 in the hopes of catching impaired commercial and passenger vehicle drivers behind the wheel.

A news release from the Phillips County Kansas Sheriff’s Office describes the planned enforcement activities:

All available Drug Recognition Expert and Advanced Roadside Impaired Driver Enforcement officers will be out in force to remove this danger. Officers will issue citations to any individual who refuses to obey the traffic laws, whether it is for driving while impaired, for speeding, texting, or failing to buckle up. If a suspected violator refuses to submit to a blood test, a search warrant may be obtained for that individual’s blood.

The news release goes on to say that “regardless whether a drug is legal or illegal it’s a serious crime to drive while impaired by any drug. We can no longer share our roadways with these drugged impaired drivers. Impaired driving is not a victimless crime.”

Police say that they’ll also be on the look out for drunk or distracted drivers during the enforcement activities.

Studies show a 12% increase in traffic fatalities after 4:20 p.m. on April 20, according to the Scientific American.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

BMI:

Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

RealDiehl's Comment
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Something puzzles me about blood testing for marijuana in the event of being pulled over. Obviously if you're a CDL holder any THC in your system is illegal. However, if you are just a regular person driving your car how are they able to tell if the THC is from recent use, and you are driving under the influence, or if it was from 2 weeks ago and you are not under the influence?

Or is it a case of "well you were driving erratically and there is THC in your system, so we are going to assume you're under the influence".

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Marc Lee's Comment
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Something puzzles me about blood testing for marijuana in the event of being pulled over. Obviously if you're a CDL holder any THC in your system is illegal. However, if you are just a regular person driving your car how are they able to tell if the THC is from recent use, and you are driving under the influence, or if it was from 2 weeks ago and you are not under the influence?

Or is it a case of "well you were driving erratically and there is THC in your system, so we are going to assume you're under the influence".

Fair question! Also not clear on the mandatory blood test. Always thought WI (not part of this enforcement action) has mandatory breathalyzer... (implied consent law - Failure to "blow" = automatic suspension) Never heard of them being able to require blood in a routine stop. Is this new? Certain States? Don't know the science on that...

So are they just going to pull people over at random or for swerving to avoid a pot hole and demand a blood sample?

I think maybe they should just offer the driver Pringles and see if s/he eats the whole tube! May be as accurate as a blood test!

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
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