Later this month, the Saline County Sheriff’s Office will join other law enforcement agencies across a six-state area in an effort to change what has been an increasing epidemic for the past several years: injury and death caused by impaired drivers.
On April 19-20, law enforcement personnel from Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska, Arkansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma will be extra-vigilant when patrolling streets and highways, as deaths and injuries continue to increase from both alcohol-impaired and drugged-impaired drivers. According to information from the Saline County Sheriff’s Office, regardless of whether a drug is legal, it is a serious crime to drive while impaired by any drug.
“Even one death is unacceptable. Please don’t drive while impaired, slow down, put the phone away or turn it off, and always buckle up,” said Saline County Sheriff Roger Soldan.
According to the information from the Saline County Sheriff’s Office, all available Drug Recognition Expert and Advanced Roadside Impaired Driver Enforcement officers will be out in force to help stop impaired drivers. 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.
Selecting this particular weekend to have an increased law enforcement presence on the roads was not random. Also known as “Weed Day,” April 20, or more specifically 4/20 or 4:20 has a special significance in the cannabis culture as a time to celebrate all things cannabis, including smoking marijuana. A study published last year in the Journal of the American Medical Association’s JAMA Internal Medicine found a 12-percent increase in the relative risk of a fatal crash on April 20 compared to identical time intervals on control days.