For those who enjoy smoking pot, April 20th is their unofficial Christmas day.
The Greene County Sheriff’s Office announced that they are going to be stepping up to catch those who want to celebrate that day with increased patrols and extra-vigilant efforts.
All of the department’s Drug Recognition Experts and Advance Roadside Impaired Driver Enforcement officers will be on duty from April 19th through the 20th to take impaired drivers off the roads. The Journal of the American Medical Association says that on April 20th there is a 12% greater chance of being involved in a fatal traffic collision than on the control days in the study.
“Even one death is unacceptable,” Greene County Sheriff Jim Arnott said in a statement. “Please don’t drive while impaired, slow down, put the phone away or turn it off, and always buckle up.”
According to a Cannabis museum in Oakland, California, the “holiday” of 4/20 reportedly comes from a group of California high school students that would meet at 4:20 every day after school to get high. They used “4:20” as a code when talking in front of their parents. Eventually “420” began as code for pot among followers of the Grateful Dead and spread across California and to the rest of the world.