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No Increase in Stoned Driving, Washington State Troopers Say

Posted by Aaron J. Wolff | Apr 11, 2013 | 0 Comments

One of the biggest concerns following the legalization of recreational marijuana use in Washington State was that it would lead to a plethora of stoned drivers on Washington streets and highways.

However, that has not been the case. In fact, a few months into the new law, some Washington State Troopers say they have actually experienced a decline in the number of stoned drivers on the road, reports KEPR TV.

Despite some high-profile DUI incidents recently, local troopers say that the number of overall drunk driving incidents has been down compared to the same time last year. Still, officials are not jumping up for joy just yet. They reportedly stated that they would not be surprised if there is an increase in DUIs later in the year.

So how does a state trooper spot a high driver?

Some telling signs can include erratic driving like speeding, driving very slowly, trouble staying in their lane, and delayed responses. And after the stop, an officer can look for signs of pot use like dilated pupils, high pulse rates, and a general sense of lethargy.

Someone who is charged with driving while high can face misdemeanor or felony charges depending upon the circumstances of the arrest. Even for a simple DUI incident without accident or injury, someone could face very serious penalties such as driver's license suspensions, fines, jail time, and a requirement to install an ignition interlock device.

If you face a marijuana DUI charge in the Seattle or King County areas, contact the attorneys at Wolff Criminal Defense to defend your rights. You are innocent until proven guilty, and there may be many defense available to your charge. Don't fight your fight alone. Contact us at 425-284-2000 to schedule a consultation and discuss the details of your case.

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Aaron J. Wolff

A former DUI prosecutor, Aaron Wolff has over 18 years of experience in representing people accused of DUI and is recognized as one of the leading defense lawyers in Washington State. His relentless and passionate advocacy has lead to superb ratings and outstanding reviews from former clients.


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