Colorado DOT Installing Fake Arcade Racing Game At Pot Shops To Warn Players Against Driving While High

(CBS Denver)

(CBS Denver)

Now that marijuana is legal in Colorado, state officials want to make sure that drivers know it’s not just alcohol that shouldn’t be with you behind the wheel, but pot as well. The state’s Department of Transportation is publicizing that message ahead of the April 20 (4/20) celebrations in the state by way of a fake driving game installed at various dispensaries.

Officials are warning drivers in the state that they don’t belong the wheel after partaking or puffing as part of their 2015 “Drive High, Get A DUI” campaign, reports CBS Denver.

Ten Denver dispensaries feature a fake video game called “End Game,” where at first, it seems to be just another racing adventure. That’s until a public service announcement pops up, reminding players that driving while stoned is illegal.

This, because the CDOT says 20% of drivers who use marijuana in Colorado are unaware they can get a DUI by driving high. Another 50% admit to having driven high — and some of them may gave gotten caught: 12% of the Colorado State Patrol’s DUIs in 2014 related to pot.

“I don’t think people really realize that you can become just as impaired, it’s just as dangerous, when you drive high verses after consuming a few beers,” Sam Cole with CDOT said.

In additional efforts to spread the message, CDOT is partnering with Yellow Cab for the 4/20 event in downtown Denver, to have a Cannabis Quiz Cab driving people around.

“When folks get in the cab, they’re going to be asked questions about the dangers of marijuana and driving. For each question they get correct they’ll get a credit for a future ride,” Cole said.

New Video Games At Denver Pot Dispensaries Aren’t What They Seem [CBS Denver]