According to CBS News, newly released data shows that marijuana is an increasing factor in deadly crashes.
Washington State Patrol had extra officers on the road this within the past week to try and reduce that number at a time of year when DUIs are typically common. Troopers are working overtime on the weekends during one of the most common times of the year for driving under the influence.
“We’re coming up on the holiday season of Labor Day weekend. We got a lot more traffic out, a lot more people getting the last bit of summer, and we want to be out reminding people to be making smart choices,” said on Washington State Trooper.
A recent study from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission shows marijuana involvement has increased by 48 percent in the amount of deadly crashes from 2013 to 2014.
Just three hours into one of the extra DUI patrols, two people were arrested for driving under the influence, one of which was found to be too high to drive.
Extra patrols by Washington State Patrol and local police are part of the Target Zero program, which strives to end traffic deaths and serious injuries in Washington by 2030.
If you or someone you know have been stopped, questioned, or arrested for driving under the influence, the first call you should make is to a qualified DUI defense attorney. We are available 24/7 on our on-call attorney line at 253-691-4453.