Washington's annual "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign starts Friday August 16th, reports Mercer Islands Patch.
The campaign will include extra patrols by police who will be on the lookout for drivers under the influence of drugs and alcohol. The Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over will run from August 16 to September 2. The timing of the campaign coincides with peak vacation season as well as the Seattle Hempfest event.
It should be noted that while recreational marijuana use may be legal in Washington, driving under the influence of pot is still illegal. Individuals may be charged with a DUI if they have a THC level above five nanograms or if their driving is otherwise impaired.
Some studies have found that drivers under the influence of marijuana are twice as likely to get into a crash as compared to other drivers. This may be due to slowed reaction time, reduced ability to pay attention to what is happening on the road, hindered senses, and altered depth perception.
With authorities on the lookout for drunk drivers these next few weeks, many drivers may be wrongly charged with a DUI.
That's why it is so important for you to work with a DUI attorney if you charged in the Seattle or King County areas. Driving under the influence of marijuana laws are relatively new and an experienced attorney can help you review possible defenses and negotiate a favorable deal with prosecutors.
If you have a question about a specific charge, contact the DUI attorneys at Wolff Criminal Defense. Call us at 425-284-2000 to schedule a consultation to discuss your case. Don't fight your fight alone.