Bus to Show Offers Alternative to Impaired Driving
In her CNN article highlighting Denver’s 420 pot festival that took place on Sunday, Jessica Ravitz writes that Bus to Show, a Boulder nonprofit whose mission is to reduce intoxicated driving, partnered with High Times to offer transportation over the weekend. The organization provided free shuttles to and from the 420 expo, and sold out a $20-a-day “hop-on, hop off [CannaBUS] shuttle tour of what it called The Cannabis Freedom Trail,” Ravitz writes.
The tour shuttles have been bringing as many as 200 people a day to cannabis dispensaries around Denver, she reports. On one such bus on which Ravitz rode, no one even left the vehicle to visit dispensaries, she notes, suggesting that riders, some from out of state, were too stoned to disembark. Ravitz writes that at another point, Jody Stonebraker, who was driving a bus giving free rides to Denver Mart, site of the High Times Cannabis Cup, called people on board, and as they boarded the bus, she offered them lighters and bottles of water. Stonebraker had to leave the windows open “to keep her sober,” Ravitz writes.
The High Times Cannabis Cup was a marijuana convention held at the Civic Center, as John Ingold, Matt Miller, and Kate Gibbons write in The Denver Post. At the event, “tens of thousands of people browsed, danced, hula-hooped and puffed,” the Post writes. There were also “dozens of marijuana-themed concerts, comedy shows, trade shows, product launches and other events” throughout the city.
BusToShow.org’s mission page says the group, which was founded in 2007 to reduce intoxicated driving to and from “high-risk” events such as concerts, has organized transportation for more than 10,000 “partiers” each year and safely brought them home at the end of each night. Boulder has had 836 fewer DUIs in a three-year period, which is a 30% reduction, it says.
The organization also works to build a community among event-goers and to raise funds for other causes by organizing, or providing, sober transportation via what it calls “bus parties.” The Bus to Show site has a calendar page showing that it provides buses in Kansas City/Lawrence, Texas, Florida, and Chicago as well.
The group plans to open additional chapters in major U.S. cities, and invites people to contact them:
If you are interested in becoming a part of this movement and helping to reduce intoxicated driving, while simultaneously building a thriving community surrounding events in your area, here is a list of ways you and/or your company can get involved.
The page then lists various ways of getting involved, such as sponsorships and donations, in-kind donations, and advanced rider memberships.
As this blog has reported, a study by Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, based on data from six states (California, Hawaii, Illinois, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and West Virginia) found that fatal car accidents involving marijuana use tripled from 1999 to 2010. Last month, Colorado launched a federally funded campaign of TV commercials warning about the dangers of stoned driving, as this blog also reported.