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Researchers Want to See How Many Impaired Drivers Are On Our Roadways

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Researchers at the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation will be conducting the roadside survey in Yakima County on Friday. Researchers at the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation will be conducting the roadside survey in Yakima County on Friday.
YAKIMA, WA - Researchers at the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation will be conducting the roadside survey in Yakima County on Friday, and in five other areas around the state later this month, as part of an effort to measure the amount of impaired driving taking place on our roads.

The survey will provide an important look at driver drug and alcohol use before recreational marijuana retail stores open this summer.

The researchers will be near intersections or in areas where traffic normally backs up, and they will ask drivers to voluntarily participate in the survey.

Participants will be asked questions about their drinking, drug use and driving behavior and, if they consent, they will give a saliva sample and a blood sample.

The survey should on take about 20 minutes to complete, and drivers who volunteer for the entire survey will also get a $60.00 stipend.

Staff with the institute said in Washington State, there have been a good effort to drive safer, but impaired driving is still the single largest cause of fatal collisions, which killed more than 1,000 drivers in around the state between 2008 and 2012.
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