Senator Hill Press Conference: Zero Tolerance Legislation

Senator Hill Press Conference: Zero Tolerance Legislation

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Even better. Looking group right now. That’s great. The new. You twenty one Mar what. That works. If I if anyone Lara fuller. Natalie. Great thank you. Alright ready. I hope everyone reading. Because. McGuire. Well good morning we’re here today to prevent our youth from using marijuana and driving. Data from the national highway traffic safety administration shows that. But California drivers are driving and die in California crashes. Delta nine T. H. C. in their system. Psycho active ingredient in marijuana. Just three point five percent of the people under twenty one who died in California car crashes in twenty thirteen tested positive. For delta ninety eight C. that’s three point five percent. In twenty thirteen. In twenty fifteen. Jump to over fifteen percent. That means for youth died. In twenty thirteen compared to twenty four deaths twenty fifteen. To help curb drinking and driving this St enacted a zero tolerance policy for drivers under age twenty one back in the nineteen nineties. It is save lives and reduced drinking and driving accidents by twenty percent. Now that marijuana is legal in California we need to make sure our youth. Know that it’s illegal. Under twenty one you should never smoke and drive. That’s why I’ve introduced Senate bill twelve seventy three which will be heard shortly in the Senate public safety committee. The bill makes it clear. To use that if you smoke and drive you could lose your license for a year. Marijuana use amongst our youth is on the rise twenty sixteen twenty percent of Americans between the ages of eighteen and twenty five use marijuana at least monthly. Highest number since nineteen eighty five. It was also the first year in which daily marijuana use outpaced daily cigarette use among eighth graders. That’s which already happened. Tenth twelfth graders in recent years. And it’s not just the marijuana drivers that are killing themselves. They’re killing others as well. CHP officer Justin McGrory. Who was killed by an eighteen year old motorist? Who had been smoking marijuana in and decided to drive? Officer McGrory the father of four. We’ve conducted a roadside traffic stop in San Bernardino county. When he was fatally struck. Buy a drugged driver. Twenty ten. We’re joined today by Justin’s father. Retired G. H. P. lieutenant Robert McGrory. We’re also joined by members of the national youth health and safety organization. Students against destructive decisions. Oasis is looking from north high school in Torrance. Julio Mendez Vargas. And ago it didn’t a Ruellia. From UCLA and traffic safety advocate Aaron. Thank you all for being here today. For B. participating it’s wonderful to have you. Courage to and up. Witness to write the first. Bob collected. Thank you. Morning I’m Bob McGrory Amelia retired lieutenant at the California highway patrol. I retired in now. Two thousand eight. Prior to retiring my son Justin McCurry. Joined her patrol maybe very proud dad. Knowing he’s my son was gonna follow my footsteps and. Join the world of public safet. And. But two years into his career he was on a shopping stop on the fifteen freeway never Barstow. And. Here’s will often of the shoulder on the right side of his patrol car. When they. Eighteen year old driver. I drove on the shoulder on the right side of patrol car and struck my son at full freeway speeds. I. sars killed instantly and. My world in the world that my family. Will never be the same again it’s. A parent should never outlive their children especially such a tragedy. We’re driving that vehicle struck my son’s name is Raphael Garcia I. eighteen year old. Live done bliss Vegas came to California to do some party and enjoy the weekend was with some friends. And. They smokes marijuana. When leaving early that morning of the accident. . Has Roth fails told me since then is all the other people he was with had been drinking alcohol but he had only been smoking marijuana C. felt that obviously he had to drive. It’s very very profound statement he makes Andy was only smoking marijuana like it doesn’t affect his ability to drive. Well. He he now admits and acknowledges that. Marijuana did add to that. That deadly crash that killed my son. He. . Has vowed to. Not smoke anymore and try to make the world a better place. My family many my family members lonely snob have forgiven him for killing my songs I know he’d awakened that morning say hamlet go kill a CHP officer. His Wilk up thinking he was in a grunt party have a good time he just made a series of very poor decisions. Those decisions were based on a lack of education that that. Is just not out there for the public when it comes to marijuana needs to be more education to let the public know that. Marijuana does affect the ability to drive and I think we can affect how you make some change with today’s youth. And make them more responsible they’re going to become much more responsible adults in the future. I think a lot like this is is a no brainer I think it’s necessary I think it’s a great first step to. Stricker drug driving laws. And I can’t thank center enough for fringe you seem to bill thank you very much. Good morning my name is Julio Mendez Vargas and I’m a third year political science major and public affairs minor at UCLA. I’m here to support SP twelve seventy three. For over thirty years students against. Destructive decisions or sat has worked to reduce teen crashes sad began in the wake of a series of underage drinking crashes. Claim the lives of several teams and a small town in the suburbs of Boston. The students really that if they were to change the tide on impaired driving they would need to be that change. As a network of over ten thousand chapters across the country with hundreds in California sat stands at the nation’s premier youth health and safety organization. I’m here today joined by sat students from north high school and Don Pedro high on behalf of the hundreds of sat students in California who support this legislation. Our students are tired of watching their friends families and communities. Members lose their lives to preventable crashes because of poor decisions made around alcohol and drugs. They spent every day leading by example and conducting activities to promote safe driving habits. I myself have been involved with sat for over five years now and have the surgeon not numerous visits positions ranging from president of my local chapter. To member of the national student leadership council and programs in stern for the national advocacy programs that speaks. Having experienced this transition the transition from high protocol doesn’t that student cognizant of risky behavior there’s definitely a disparity between young teens and those in the eighteenth and ages eighteen nineteen and twenty. As a college student I believe the data and the data supports the SP two twelve seventy three would have an immense effect in reducing car crashes. And live lotsa consuming marijuana and driving. In college most of my peers understand that drinking and driving is bad and can lead to negative consequences especially under the law. As a college age as college aged young adults those who engage in drinking alcohol will usually have a designated driver or user rights hearing up to avoid driving under the influence. College students already recognized alcohol and driving can be fatal. When it comes to marijuana in my experience many college students and older teens do believe that it is C. essay for substance. To use compared to alcohol and tobacco. According to my peers. Getting behind the wheel what while consuming marijuana is seen as a risky decision but not as bad as drinking Jeff drinking and driving. By applying the same concept of zero tolerance for driving for drinking and driving to marijuana usage in driving I strongly believe that my peers would take into consideration both the legal. And life threatening ramifications of driving while high. This is exactly what SP twelve seventy three would do and I as a UCLA students accident and concert California resident strongly support this bill thank you. Good morning my name is Alexis is if you I am a senior at north high school in Torrance California. I’m also a member of the north high sat club. I’ve been involved sad since my sophomore year and I am currently serving my second year as the president of my school sad chapter. I’m here today to support Senate bill one two seven three. Saddest special because it is saving lives and not Islamic what I’m here to speak about today. To many of my peers think marijuana is okay and safe to use. Just last week I asked a few of my peers for their opinion on marijuana impaired driving. One person said they believe some people who really focus can actually drive better than when they are sober. Others cited the effects of marijuana on people they know until me that many people who drive bys are fine. Once stated my brother does it but he doesn’t drive differentl. These opinions that should be shared by many teenagers unfortunately in fact in a survey conducted by sat and liberty mutual last year. Researchers found that thirty three percent of teens think it is legal to use marijuana and drive in states where marijuana is legal. And twenty two percent of teens admit that using marijuana and driving is commonplace amongst their friends. Equally as disturbing is the fact that twenty seven percent of parents surveyed believe that it is legal for teens to drive after smoking marijuana in states where it is legal. Only seventy six percent of parents surveyed recognize that driving under the influence of marijuana is dangerous compared to the ninety three percent who recognize that using alcohol and driving is dangerous. And the most recent youth risk behavior surveillance survey conducted by the center for disease control. Sixty percent of high school seniors think marijuana is safe to use. Almost forty percent of the high school students in California surveyed. If you need. Almost forty percent of the high school on. Since us surveyed admitted to using marijuana at least once and twenty three percent. Admitted they were currently using marijuana. What does this all mean first it means that too many parents and teens thinks it is legal to use marijuana and driv? Second it means that people don’t understand that using marijuana is bad for teens and buried in means that people don’t understand how marijuana affects the driving ability. That is why SP one two seven three is so important. Teens and their parents will know that it is unsafe and illegal to drive. By using marijuana. It will complement the efforts of our sad chapter and other chapters across the state in our efforts to educate our peers and parents about the dangers of using marijuana. And how drugs like marijuana affect your ability to drive. It’s I SP one two seven three years past California will be a trend setter in team traffic safety. But most importantly SP one two seven three will save the life of one of my friends or peers and really there’s nothing more important than that. Think you. Good morning my name is I was C. not allowed on I am a thirty year. Majoring in political science with a minor in education at UCLA. I’m also here like many other students here. Support SB twelve seventy three. Like many other students present today I’ve had the honor of being involved sat for about five years and during this time I had the pleasure of serving as president of my former high schools chapter. And advocate for safe driving with speaks and as a member of the national student leadership council for sat. Much to my surprise driving under the influence of marijuana does not yet have the same consequences as driving under the influence of alcohol. And even more alarming is response I’ve gotten from my peers when asked what they thin. The consequences would be program with marijuana and their system. Most of them think it’s okay. For the most part college students understand that drinking and driving is not only irresponsible it is also illega. In college everybody at least not one person that smokes marijuana. And generally people understand that it alters one state of being. Yet continue to believe that it is okay to drive in that state. And two thousand sixteen twenty point eight percent of Americans between the ages of. Eighteen to twenty five use Myanmar marijuana at least monthly the highest number since nineteen eighty five. There have been many instances in which a driver of federal car crash has tested positive for marijuana in the system. In twenty fifteen it was fifteen percent. And although some may argue that SP twelve seventy three unfairly targets teens I strongly believe that this is not the case. On the contrary this bill is aiming to save the lives of many teens. Good morning everyone my name is Aaron homes and I’m the director of traffic safety at the foundation for advancing alcohol responsibility. We are nonprofit based in the Washington DC area funded I. leading distillers to eliminate underage drinking and impaired driving. Part of our focus of course is focusing on counter measures to protect youth on our nation’s roadways. And this is what I believe Senate bill twelve seventy three will accomplish. We’ve heard the statistic already that the senator and others have recited about how we’re seeing an increase in the number of fatally injured use drivers who are testing positive for teach C.. In states that have legalized the recreational use of marijuana we’ve seen similar increases. As a result we need to put in place counter measures that are going to insure that we’re protecting the safety of not only young drivers but also all that use the roadways. For that reason it’s important to enact this legislation. We’ve seen the success of zero tolerance alcohol bills in the past where it’s dramatically reduce the number of deaths for you for driving on our roadways who’ve consumed alcoho. A two thousand and nine analysis revealed that these type of laws save approximately a hundred and fifty nine lives per year. We need to pass the slot to send a strong message about the dangers of using cannabis and driving and just to turn you from engaging in this behavior. In order to do this we need to seek evidence based solutions. And Senate bill twelve seventy three does not seek to reinvent the wheel but rather to apply a well established and evidence based policy and extended to another substance that. While now legal for those over the age of twenty one remains an illicit substance for youth. The enactment and publicists ation of this law has the potential to combat misperceptions and ultimately deterring young drivers from engaging in this dangerous and deadly behavior. As a result of that we strongly urge the Senate to pass this bill and enact this law which is a positive step towards making change. And reducing drug impaired driving in the state of California. Thank you for the powerful testimony in comments today it’s wonderful to have you here thank you. Be happy to answer any questions that. Anyone may have. Yes it would be if this would be the first state to enact any. Restriction on the. Or regulation for those miners under twenty one who were dripping with a zero tolerance. Requirement. Well that’s that’s what were were were saying is that Ted you can be impaired with. Alcohol certainly we’ve known that it’s a proven fact and we’ve seen the destructive results of it. And we know also M. what we’ve heard today is the the the issue of of marijuana and and. In driving with the delta nineteen H. C. and the affect of that as well. So far a minor we want to make sure that we get the point across. Just like alcohol you can’t participate you can’t take you can’t smoke you can’t eat. Anything that has. The delta ninety eight C. in it before you get behind the wheel of a car and if you do their consequences. That’s the that’s the point of the the legislation. And at the end of the day will save lives with. Well it is important it’s very important because. When this happened very quickly with the legislation last year going into effect January first today with the retail. In the recreational use. Were three months into it and we haven’t seen the statistics yet but we know they’re higher than they were before because every year. They’ve been increasing as we saw with it the numbers that I read earlier and those dying are under twenty one and that’s a shame. Thank you very much thank you all for being here. You. Wonderful. What a factor? Very costly very. Now we will be going. Downstairs up Skinner is actually refer for will

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