August 22, 2014
NEW — Noon Aug. 22, 2014
King County law enforcement is putting extra officers on the road through Sept. 1 for the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign.
The annual effort aims to keep roads safe during the last few weeks of summer from people driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.
“Specifically, we want people to know that marijuana doubles the risk of a fatal crash,” Darrin Grondel, Washington Traffic Safety Commission director, said in a news release. “With new retail marijuana stores in the mix, we want to remind the public that prescription and over-the-counter drugs, as well as illegal and recreational drugs, can impair driving ability.”
July 1, 2014
Between May 19 and June 1, extra law enforcement patrolled King County roads looking for unbuckled drivers and passengers, and cellphone texters and talkers.
During the patrols, 388 seatbelt infractions were written, in addition to 426 cellphone/texting tickets. Last year in King County during the same time period, officers on extra patrols wrote 387 seat belt infractions and 322 cellphone violations.
June 22, 2014
NEW — 6 a.m. June 22, 2014
With marijuana retail stores slated to open in early July, the Washington Traffic Safety Commission is launching the “Drive High, Get a DUI” campaign to remind those planning on patronizing the new businesses that driving high is illegal.
The new messaging coincides with summertime DUI emphasis patrols kicking off July 1 and will feature three 30-second television commercials. The Colorado Department of Transportation produced and aired the commercials in Colorado earlier this year as part of their efforts to combat people driving while high.
August 13, 2013
King County law enforcement is putting extra officers on the road between Aug. 16 and Sept. 2 for the annual Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign.
The national campaign, put on by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, aims to keep roads safe during the last few weeks of summer from people driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.
Despite the fact that voters in the state of Washington voted to legalize marijuana use for adults 21 and older, it is still illegal to drive under the influence of marijuana.