Contact Us

Drive High, Get a DUI, is The New Motto for Emphasis Patrols

New DUI pot campaign goes into effect in WA
(Photo by Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)

The Washington State Traffic Safety Commission has had to come up with a whole new program to deal with potheads behind the wheel.

Marijuana impaired drivers are nothing new on our roads in Washington state.  But, since the legalization of recreational marijuana,   traffic related DUI arrests due to drivers being high have risen at least 33%.  Based upon the number of pot-related DUI arrests in 2012,  it’s expected the next round of statistics will show nearly a 50% increase.

It’s been enough that the WTSC has come up with the new campaign, “Drive High, Get a DUI.” 

Catchy, isn’t it?    According to the Kirkland Reporter online newspaper:

  Like alcohol and some prescription or over-the-counter drugs, even if it’s legal to consume, it’s not always safe to drive after consumption. Marijuana contains THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the chemical which causes most of the effects that leaves the user feeling “high.” When smoked, THC is rapidly absorbed into the blood stream and it is often unpredictable how long it will take to feel the effect, or how long it will last.  Police can base arrests on results of a blood draw, but can also make an arrest on observed impairment even low marijuana levels can present problems for drivers. The advice police in Washington State are offering this summer:  if you get high, find a designated driver.”

Many law enforcement agencies plan July 4th holiday weekend emphasis patrols, so it you’re traveling during that period,  be prepared to see lots of authorities out looking for “puff the magic dragon” behind the wheel.

Best of Newstalk 870

Recommended For You

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for Newsmembers quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive Newsmembers contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.