“Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” is not just a slogan, but a reality. Extra patrols are running August 16 through September 2 throughout King County, an especially treacherous time on our roadways with end of summer partying and labor day festivities. DUI is the leading cause of death on Washington roadways, so, tell a friend to have a great time, but keep the good times rolling by grabbing a cab.
That goes for you pot smokers, too. 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. It also interferes with a driver’s ability to perform divided-attention tasks, such as steering and maintaining vehicle speed at the same time.
The Auburn, Bellevue, Black Diamond, Burien, Clyde Hill, Covington, Des Moines, Duvall, Enumclaw, Federal Way, Issaquah, Kent, Kirkland, Maple Valley, Mercer Island, Newcastle, North Bend, Port of Seattle, Redmond, Renton, Sammamish, Seatac, Seattle, Snoqualmie, Tukwila and Woodinville Police Departments and the Washington State Patrol will participate in this Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign.
From The Washington Traffic Safety Commission, Shelly Baldwin and Darrin Grondel explain it all: