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Eugene police warn drivers about toking and driving

Officers said if you are caught, you could go to jail, face a fine or have your license suspended.

Posted: Apr 19, 2018 6:00 PM
Updated: Apr 19, 2018 6:08 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Eugene police are warning drivers not to "toke and drive" on 4/20.

Police said 420 is a code that often refers to marijuana consumption, especially around 4:20 on April 20. They said they will be out patrolling the roads Friday to make sure drivers are safe.

Officers said it is illegal to drive under the influence of marijuana, and whether you smoke or ingest it, the drug can impair your ability to drive.

"The vast majority of our DUI enforcement is focused on alcohol-related events and this just happens to be a day when we are likely to find cannabis-impaired driving around cannabis-related events," Officer Travis Cooper, Eugene Police Department, said.

Officers will patrol with drug recognition experts. They will watch for erratic driving, slurred speech, bloodshot eyes, and odors in the car.

Officers said if you are caught you could go to jail, face a fine, or have your license suspended.

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