Metro: Marijuana impairment rising among drivers

Joe Bartels, KLAS-TV, Las Vegas, NV, April 16, 2014 Updated: April 17, 2014

Eighteen-year-old, Jesse Hill, was killed while walking with his girlfriend by a driver, Christian Diaz, who had 7 times the legal amount of marijuana in his blood.

The Metro Police say they have a serious problem with people driving under the influence of marijuana, and it is getting worse. “During the last three years, Metro’s forensics lab screened 4,500 blood samples for marijuana with the bulk of those being impaired drivers.”

In Nevada, from 2002 to 2012, records show that 45 percent of drug impaired drivers tested positive for marijuana.

Jesse’s mother, Crystal Hill, said, “Prior to this, I was for legalizing it for recreational use. Tax it, we’ll have more jobs. Maybe we won’t have to get bonds for schools, things like that. Now that my son has been killed, I see the other side.”


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