CHP to Combat Impaired Driving
The California Highway Patrol (CHP) recently issued a press release about the nearly $27 million they’ve received in grant funding to combat impaired driving in communities throughout the state. The funding is associated with Proposition 64, known as the Control, Regulate, and Tax Adult Use of Marijuana Act. Part of this proposition provides specific cannabis tax funding directly to the CHP to administer local grants for education, prevention, and enforcement programs to combat impaired driving.
During this grant cycle, the CHP’s Cannabis Tax Fund Grant Program will be awarding grants based on a competitive process to law enforcement agencies and toxicology laboratories meeting eligibility requirements. Additionally, on January 6, they hosted a virtual workshop to answer questions about the application process.
While this grant funding is specifically geared towards law enforcement agencies combatting drugged driving involving marijuana, a variety of different legal and illegal substances can lead to impairment behind the wheel. Even certain types of over-the-counter and prescription medications can cause a driver to be impaired, so it’s important to talk to your doctor or pharmacist about how the medications you’re taking may impact your ability to safely drive a vehicle.
Just about any type of substance that can cause drowsiness can potentially impact your safety behind the wheel. If a medication says it’s not supposed to be taken while operating heavy machinery, that means you shouldn’t be driving a motor vehicle. When in doubt, don’t get behind the wheel, and certainly don’t drive if you’ve been drinking alcohol or taking any kind of illegal substances either.
Drugged Driving Accidents in Southern California
After any kind of car accident involving a suspected drugged driver, it’s a good idea to speak with a Personal Injury lawyer about your case. You may be entitled to compensation to cover medical bills and other expenses associated with your injuries.
If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a car accident caused by a dangerous or drugged driver in San Diego or anywhere in Southern California, contact the skilled and proven team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation today.