Thursday, March 22, 2012

Assemblywoman Norma Torres: Sober Drivers Should Go To Jail

By David Downs
Thu, Mar 22, 2012 at 4:49 PM

According to the vehicle code, it's already a crime to drive stoned, yet Chino Assemblywoman Norma Torres has introduced Assembly Bill 2552, which would make it a crime to drive sober. How?

Because she wants to make it "unlawful for any person who has any level of cannabinoids or synthetic cannabinoid compound in his or her blood or urine to drive a vehicle."

Cannabinoids — the active in ingredient in cannabis — can stay in the body for up to sixty days. Pot's effect wears off in 90 minutes to three hours. Ergo, someone who's had a a joint thirty days prior to any collision can be jailed for DUI under Torres' ignorant bill. AB 2552 creates more costs to the state, criminalizes innocent people and does not the make roads any bit safer.

I think sober drivers should be jailed. The police said so.
  • "I think sober drivers should be jailed. The police said so."
Moreover, road fatalities are at their lowest point in decades, a decrease that some say was driven by the substitution of smoking pot at home for driving around to bars. Furthermore, prescription pill overdoses now kill more Americans than car wrecks. Is Torres trying to ban the presence of Oxycontin in anyone's blood?

What's up with Torres' priorities? Well, she's taking money from the California Highway Patrol, and is the "California State Sheriffs Association's "Outstanding Legislator of the Year", which is what you get when you try to create criminals out of thin air.

Contact your legislator by following this link and entering your zip code. Tell them to stop AB 2552. The bill is heading to the Assembly Committee on Public Safety. Let them know they should focus on actual public safety, not reefer madness redux.

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