NHP reminds drivers to never risk marijuana-impaired driving

RENO, Nev. (KOLO) Wednesday morning, Nevada Highway Patrol troopers invited members of the media to drive around the go-kart track at Need 2 Speed wearing special goggles. They say how people perform with the goggles is similar to how they would if they were under the influence of marijuana.

“It produces a very similar effect to how you’re actually going to perform on field tests. Or how you’ll drive a car. It changes your perception, your depth perception, your just overall perception and your overall ability to make good decisions,” says Trooper Dan Gordon with the Nevada Highway Patrol.

The Nevada Highway Patrol wants to remind drivers that even though recreational marijuana use is legal in Nevada, you can still get a DUI if you drive while under the influence. Nevada law enforcement officers are trained to recognize the signs and symptoms of driving under the influence of marijuana.

Troopers say the average cost of a first-time DUI in Nevada is $10,000.

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