PRESS RELEASE

City of Long Beach 
Public Information Office
333 W. Ocean Blvd, 
Long Beach, CA 90802

11/16/2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # CM:111618A
Subject:
City of Long Beach’s Cannabis Education Program Awarded Drug-Impaired Driving Grant for 2019
Contact:
Morgan Venter
562.570.4204
Morgan.Venter@longbeach.gov
GreenlightLB – Cannabis Education Program Coordinator
Department of Health and Human Services




For the second year, the City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services’ cannabis education program, GreenlightLB, was awarded a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS). The $239,000 grant will fund activities designed to reduce drug-impaired driving and traffic-related injuries and deaths. 

“We take community safety very seriously here in Long Beach,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “This grant will enable us to continue important education efforts that will help keep all travelers from harm.” 

Grant funded activities will include: an awareness campaign, education, and intervention around bars, clubs, and dispensaries; working with schools on educating college-age students on the consequences of driving while impaired; further promoting substance-impaired driving information and awareness campaign through print and digital media, and developing a train-the-trainer toolkit for community and student leaders.

“Community survey results from 2017 revealed that 70 percent of respondents believe driving under the influence of cannabis is dangerous. Yet in 2018, 29.8 percent of those who have used cannabis and drive, sometimes drive while high,” said Tiffany Cantrell-Warren, Community Health Bureau Manager. “As we strive to improve the City’s bikeability and walkability, it is a priority for us to make roads safe for everyone.”

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) “2013-14 National Roadside Survey of Alcohol and Drug Use by Drivers,” the number of drivers testing positive for cannabis and/or other drugs increased compared to survey data in 2007. The Survey concluded that “one in four drivers tested positive for at least one drug that could potentially affect safe driving skills.” A California study of active drivers showed of the 30 percent of people involved in fatal crashes, 14 percent tested positive for drugs that may impair driving. The most prevalent drug was cannabis, at 7.4 percent, slightly more than alcohol (7.3 percent).

“Like drinking and driving, taking drugs, whether it’s a prescription, over-the-counter or marijuana, may be impairing and affect your ability to safely drive a car,” OTS Director Rhonda Craft said. “Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services’ efforts are critical to educating the public on the consequences of driving impaired, helping them make informed decisions that make roadways safer.”

GreenlightLB serves those who live, work, and play in Long Beach as an unbiased and trusted resource for health and safety information related to cannabis, and by ensuring that everyone can make informed decisions about cannabis use.  

About the City of Long Beach

Home to approximately 470,000 people, the multiple award-winning and the innovative City of Long Beach offers all the world-class amenities of a large metropolitan city while maintaining a strong sense of individual and diverse neighborhoods nestled together along the California coast. As a full-service charter city, Long Beach is home to the Queen Mary, Aquarium of the Pacific, several museums and theaters, a highly-rated school district, Long Beach Airport, the Port of Long Beach, as well as many award-winning City departments such as Health, Parks, Recreation and Marine, Development Services and more. The City also has a highly-respected university and city college, two historic ranchos, five hospitals, five golf courses, 171 parks, miles of beaches, marinas, bike paths, and a Bike Share program.

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About Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services

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