WEEDUI Ventura County Drugged Driving Summit
The WEEDUI Summit is a "Call to Action" for Ventura County to reduce DUIs by providing information needed to change attitudes, behaviors, and social norms around driving under the influence of drugs.
The Summit featured state and local officials, leading experts in drug-impaired driving prevention, tools for attendees, and a Call to Action for Ventura County. The abuse of marijuana, prescription, and illicit drugs while driving is on the rise due to a lowered perceived risk of danger and changing laws around the nation. An estimated one in five weekend nighttime drivers tested positive for at least one legal or illegal drug, according to a recent National Highway Traffic Safety Administration report.
“Throughout California, drugged driving is becoming a more critical issue. In Ventura County we are working to get out in front by providing a framework for people to understand the problem,” Patrick Zarate, Division Manager, Alcohol and Drug Programs, stated. “The WEEDUI Summit will unite stakeholders in our community to talk about the issues and provide them with the tools to engage with the public about the risks and impacts of drug-impaired driving.”
“Our goal is to ignite conversations within the community of Ventura County. Everyone should know about the dangerous, damaging effects of drugs, even if you have a prescription or recommendation,” acknowledged David Tovar, OTS Grant Coordinator. “We believe that prevention and education are the best ways to change minds and influence behavior. We are working to educate people about the dangers of driving under the influence so they do not hurt themselves, others, or end up in our criminal justice system. Our main goals are safety – and saving lives.”
> Download WEEDUI Summit Agenda
> Download Calling Ventura County to Action Media Release
> Download WEEDUI Summit Media Release
> Download Impaired Driving, Javier Romero, MD FACS
> Download The Challenges of Drugged Driving Prosecutions, Erik Nasarenko
> Download Driving High: Preventing DUIs in our Community, Dan Hicks
> Download Drugged Driving Risks & Realities Campaign, David Tovar
> DUI Issue Still Major Problem On South Coast, But Morphing Into Different Forms, KCLU, September 21, 2015