“Drive sober or get pulled over” Snoqualmie is being targeted for DUI patrol over Labor Day weekend

Alcoholic Drink and a toy carDuring this holiday week extra officers will be out looking for impaired drivers. Drug Recognition “Experts” (DRE) will be on the lookout as well for drivers under the influence of marijuana or other drugs. So, if you are planning on a night at the casino and having a few drinks you better be prepared to find a safe ride home.

Washington State Patrol is suggesting that more people are using marijuana recreationally since it has been legalized. The WSP is also is reminding that anyone under the age of 21 will be arrested for DUI if they have any marijuana in their system or a blood alcohol concentrating over a .02. Read more

“Drive High, Get a DUI” Washington State Patrol Labor Day Campaign

Cannabis sativa. Marijuana leaf, pipe and ready to use dry produThis Labor Day Weekend Washington State Patrol is going to target drivers driving under the influence (DUI) of marijuana. The campaign slogan is “Drive High, Get a DUI.” The slogan is part of an ongoing campaign to educate the public on the dangers of driving under the influence of marijuana. The topic of marijuana DUI has been having debated in Washington State ever since possession and use of marijuana was legalized. A Washington State Patrol deputy stated that even thought it may be harder to detect marijuana impairment, “being high on marijuana impairs a driver’s ability to judge time and distance, two key skills for safe driving…”

The current  DUI – Marijuana law

A person is guilty of driving while under the influence of, marijuana, if the person drives a vehicle within this state and the person has, within two hours after driving, a THC concentration of 5.00 or higher as shown by analysis of the person’s blood; or While the person is under the influence of or affected by, marijuana; or while the person is under the combined influence of or affected by intoxicating liquor, marijuana, and any drug. (RCW 46.61.502).

If you have been arrested for DUI, please contact our office and schedule a consultation. There are many defenses to marijuana DUIs. Just because you have been arrested does not mean you are guilty.

America’s Best Drivers Report. Where does Seattle Rank? Surpised?

car accidentThe 10th Anniversary Allstate’s America’s Best Drivers Report was released and it is no surprise to me Seattle, Washington is ranked 173rd place out of 200. What is interesting is that Portland, the hipster city to the South is right behind us in 177th place.

According to the report Seattle drivers have an average of 7.4 years between car accidents, 36% more likely than the national average. Other Washington State cities made the list: Spokane ranks 71st and Vancouver, WA stays within the top 100 at 94th place.

So, what does this mean? If you believe these statistics you might want to be alarmed. Metropolitan Seattle is a dangerous place to drive. If a Seattleite is to drive until they are 86 years old, there is a strong likelihood they will be in 10 car accidents during their lifetime. At first this sounded ridiculous, but I’ve been driving for about 20 years and I’ve already been in four car accidents. However, none were my fault.

It is evident that you must use great caution on the roadways to avoid auto collisions and accidents. We all see horrible car accidents every day to and from work. If you happened to be involved in an car crash in the Seattle area, please don’t hesitate to contact my office. Drive safely!