End-of-summer DUI patrols added

August 14, 2014

By Staff

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NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 14, 2014

King County law enforcement is putting extra officers on the road between Aug. 15 and 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,” said Darrin Grondel, Traffic Safety Commission director. “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.”

Many of the officers have special training to identify when a driver is under the influence of drugs as well as alcohol. Drivers are encouraged to find alternative transportation or ride with a sober designated driver.

Agencies also remind drivers that impairment laws are much stricter for those younger than 21. A young driver found with marijuana in his or her system or a blood alcohol level of .02 or higher is considered to be driving under the influence and at risk for arrest.

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over is part of Target Zero, a project that aims to end traffic deaths and serious injuries in Washington state by 2030.

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