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Don’t Risk It on 4/20: Plan for a Sober Driver

Posted Date: 04/18/2024

Don’t Risk It on 4/20: Plan for a Sober Driver

Don’t Risk It on 4/20: Plan for a Sober Driver

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is

teaming up with [State/Local Organization] to urge drivers
to stay sober behind the wheel. Saturday, April 20, 2024, marks the unofficial marijuana
“holiday,” and there will likely be an increase in marijuana use. Marijuana laws are changing
constantly across the country, but one thing remains: Impaired driving is illegal and deadly.
NHTSA is reminding all drivers: If You Feel Different, You Drive Different.
“It doesn’t matter what you call it, if you are impaired, do not get behind the wheel of a
vehicle,” said [State/Local leader]. “We are asking our community members to use good
judgement, obey the law, and make safe choices when driving a vehicle. Your decisions don’t
just affect you — they affect everyone on the road.”

If you think being high won’t affect your driving, you’re wrong. It has been proven that
marijuana can slow reaction times, impair cognitive performance, and make it more difficult
for drivers to keep a steady position in their lane. Whether the drug is legally obtained or not,
drug-impaired driving poses a threat to everyone on the road.

Those who plan to use marijuana on 4/20 (or any day) should not drive. If you find yourself
drug-impaired and stranded with your vehicle, give your keys to a sober driver who can safely
drive you home or to a safe place. Remind your friends to never get in the vehicle with an
impaired driver. If you have a friend who is about to drive while high, take the keys away and
help them get home safely. Don’t worry about offending someone — they’ll thank you later.
There are many options to help impaired drivers get home safely. If available, use your
community’s sober ride program [Insert your local sober ride program specifics here]. If you
see an impaired driver on the road, contact [Local Law Enforcement].
By working together, we can save lives and help keep America’s roadways safe. Please join

NHTSA in sharing the lifesaving message, If You Feel Different, You Drive Different.

For more information on impaired driving, please visit
driving .