According to preliminary statistics released by the Colorado State Patrol (CSP), marijuana-related driving citations increased in 2016 while the total number of DUI, DUID, and impaired-driving citations and crashes decreased over the same time frame. Data released by CSP also indicates that citations for drug impairment of all different types was up over 19% in 2016 when compared to the previous year, with marijuana and other controlled substances citations categorically facing the largest increase at 45.2%.
Denver DUI Attorney, Jay Tiftickjian, believes there are multiple subjective factors that play into these numbers and believes that the numbers by themselves can be misleading. According to Tiftickjian, “It is important to understand how these citations and crashes are defined. Currently, marijuana-related citations are defined as any citation where the driver was cited for DUI or DWAI based solely on the officer’s opinion that marijuana may be involved. If it is later proven through toxicology results or in court that marijuana was not a factor in the citation or the crash, these statistics are not adjusted based on those findings.”