You can do a lot of things while high, but driving shouldn't be one of them. 

The Colorado Department of Transportation released three drugged driving PSAs on Youtube yesterday. The gist? Residents can do lots of things while high, but driving isn't one of them. 

As with most drug-related PSAs, the DOT spots perpetuate the dumb stoner stereotype. One guy tries to light a grill (but can't), another guy tries to play pickup basketball (but can't), and another guy tries to install an expensive flat-screen TV (but can't). You can try to do all these things legally, the PSAs say, but don't you dare drive. 

For more on the unsettled frontier of measuring marijuana impairment, see this recent story from The New York Times.

About the Author

Most Popular

  1. an aerial photo of urban traffic at night
    Transportation

    The Surprisingly High-Stakes Fight Over a Traffic-Taming ‘Digital Twin’

    Why are some mobility experts spooked by this plan to develop a data standard that would allow cities to build a real-time traffic control system?

  2. A photo of anti-gentrification graffiti in Washington, D.C.
    Equity

    The Hidden Winners in Neighborhood Gentrification

    A new study claims the effects of neighborhood change on original lower-income residents are largely positive, despite fears of spiking rents and displacement.

  3. A NASA rendering of a moon base with lunar rover from 1986.
    Life

    We Were Promised Moon Cities

    It’s been 50 years since Apollo 11 put humans on the surface of the moon. Why didn’t we stay and build a more permanent lunar base? Lots of reasons.

  4. a photo of the First Pasadena State Bank building, designed by Texas modernist architects MacKie and Kamrath. It will be demolished on July 21.
    Design

    The Lonely Death of a South Texas Skyscraper

    The First Pasadena State Bank, a 12-story modernist tower inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright, has dominated this small town near Houston since 1962.

  5. SEPTA trains in Philadelphia
    Transportation

    Startups Are Abandoning Suburbs for Cities With Good Transit

    A new study finds that new business startups are choosing cities with good public transportation options over the traditional suburban locations.

×