Law enforcement officers in the state plan to crack down this weekend on people who drive while under the influence of drugs, according to a news release from the Kansas Department of Transportation.

Law enforcement officers in the state plan to crack down this weekend on people who drive while under the influence of drugs, according to a news release from the Kansas Department of Transportation.

The increased traffic enforcement effort is scheduled to begin today and continue through Sunday.

Saturday, which is April 20, is seen as important to marijuana users who recognize the day as 420.

According to the Urban Dictionary website, the term 420 originated with a group of high school students in 1971 who searched for an abandoned cannabis crop in California. The group met at 4:20 p.m.

“There’s a misconception that marijuana doesn’t affect your ability to drive,” Chris Bortz, traffic safety program manager for the Kansas Department of Transportation, said in a news release. “That is just false. Illegal drugs can impair a person’s judgment, concentration and reaction time. Driving under the influence of any impairing substance is illegal for a reason.”

In 2017, there were 287 crashes attributed to illegal drug use in Kansas. Eighty-three people lost their lives in these crashes, according to the Kansas Department of Transportation.

The Leavenworth Police Department will not be taking special measures to increase the local police presence this weekend. But Deputy Police Chief Dan Nicodemus said officers will be on the lookout for drivers who may be under the influence of drugs.

“Of course, it’s always something we look for,” he said.