Driving under the influence is the leading cause of death on Washington roadways, accountable for nearly half of the 439 fatalities on the state’s roads during 2012.
That’s why between Aug. 21-Sept. 2 extra officers will be looking for drivers under the influence of alcohol, marijuana or other drugs during the annual Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign.
Even though Washington legalized marijuana for adults 21 and older, it is still illegal and dangerous to drive under the influence of marijuana.
Studies have found that marijuana-positive drivers are twice as likely to crash as other drivers. Marijuana use can slow reaction time, decrease the ability of a driver to maintain lane position and diminish the ability to pay attention to the tasks of driving.
Officers can tell when a driver is experiencing other effects of marijuana influence such as relaxed inhibitions, altered perception of time and distance, disorientation, incomplete thought processes and increased pulse.
The goal of these extra patrols is to keep you and your family safe during this vacation travel time. If you see a DUI, please call 9-1-1. Remember, the safest thing is not to drive at all after drinking or using marijuana or other drugs.
Last year in Clallam County, during the same time period, officers on routine and extra patrols arrested 15 people for DUI. For all of 2012, in Clallam County, 273 people were charged with DUI.
The Port Angeles and Sequim Police Departments, the Clallam County Sheriff’s Office and the Washington State Patrol will participate in this Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign.