KENNEWICK, Wash. - From
now through Labor Day you're going to see more police, sheriff's deputies, and
state troopers on the road.
The annual Drive Sober
or Get Pulled Over campaign is underway. Law enforcement throughout Washington
has added patrols to look for people driving under the influence.
marijuana now legal in Washington, officers have been trained to sniff out drivers impaired
"First we're going to see impairment
in their driving, but then we're going to continue to see something odd, out of
normal how a driver should act," says Kennewick Police Sergeant Ken Lattin, who
is a specially trained drug recognition expert. Lattin says since marijuana
became legal he has seen a significant increase in
the number of drivers pulled over and subsequently arrested for driving under
the influence of cannabis.
Last year during the Labor Day
campaign, law enforcement officers arrested 70 people in Benton and Franklin
Counties for driving under the influence.