Labor Day patrols: Drive high, get DUI

Millions of people on the road this Labor Day weekend

A marijuana field test used by Drug Recognition Experts in Clark County, July 8, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)
A marijuana field test used by Drug Recognition Experts in Clark County, July 8, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)

VANCOUVER, Wash. (KOIN 6) — Labor Day is the first holiday since recreational marijuana was totally legalized in Washington. With millions of people on the road, police are stepping up patrols to catch drivers under the influence, whatever the intoxicant might be.

Washington is in the middle of a campaign called “Drive High, Get a DUI.”

The Washington State Patrol will have more troopers on the roads this holiday weekend.

Roy Duitman is looking forward to a few days in Seattle this weekend. But he knows first-hand how dangerous Labor Day weekend can be for drivers.

He used to be an insurance agent.

“That’s why I’m a little concerned about the whole marijuana thing here, frankly,” he told KOIN 6 News. “I think people are little naive to think there isn’t some effect on you while you’re driving under the influence of anything, frankly.”

WSP has the most drug recognition experts and they know what to look for.

“They’re not going to be staggering all over like you’ll see with a drunk, but there’s going to be other clues, like they’re going to forget what they’re doing, they’re going to be asking you more questions,” WSP Trooper Bogues said.

For him, it’s important for public safety.

“This is the one thing I can do,” he said, “taking an impaired driver off the road where I feel like that very well may have saved a life that day.”

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