Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over starts next week
With DUI continuing to be the leading cause of death on Washington roads, local agencies will be joining others statewide for the annual Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over emphasis starting next week, and this year it will have an extra focus on marijuana.
DUIs account for nearly half of the 439 fatalities on our roads last year. Starting on August 16 and running through September 2, extra officers will be looking for drivers under the influence of alcohol, marijuana, or other drugs during the annual campaign.
Washington legalized marijuana for adults in November, but it is still illegal to drive while under the influence. Studies have found that marijuana makes drivers twice as likely to crash as it can slow reaction time and lower the ability to pay attention to the simple tasks while driving.
Deputy Brad Russell with the Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Department said “I personally feel working emphasis patrols give us an opportunity to be proactive rather than reactive. By removing DUI drivers before they cause crashes our work is making Grays Harbor County roadways safer. When on patrol I have a zero tolerance approach to DUIs. If I pull you over and you are under the influence of alcohol or any drug you will be arrested.”
Last year in Grays Harbor County, during the same time period, officers on extra patrols arrested 16 people for DUI. For all of 2012, in Grays Harbor County, 427 people were charged with DUI
The Aberdeen, Hoquiam, Cosmopolis, Elma, Montesano and Ocean Shores Police Departments, as well as the Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Department and the Washington State Patrol will participate in this campaign.
Local patrols in Grays Harbor and Pacific Counties are coordinated by the Grays Harbor County Target Zero Task Force.