Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over starts today
DUI is the leading cause of death on Washington roads, and local agencies will be joining together for the annual emphasis. This year, there is a need from officers to put an extra focus on marijuana.
Marijuana is now legal throughout Washington, but it is still illegal to drive while under the influence. Studies have found that marijuana can slow reaction time and lower the ability to pay attention to simple tasks while driving.
Deputy Brad Russell with the Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Department said “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.”
Starting today 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.
Last year, officers on extra patrols arrested 16 people for DUI during the emphasis. For 2012, 427 people were charged with DUI in Grays Harbor.
Numerous police departments, the Grays Harbor Sheriff’s Department, and the Washington State Patrol will participate in this campaign coordinated by the Grays Harbor County Target Zero Task Force.