Alcohol, Cannabis and Driving

Alcohol and drug impaired driving is the leading contributing factor in Washington fatal crashes and is involved in nearly half of all traffic fatalities.

WTSC is launching a Plan Before You Party campaign coinciding with the annual DUI HVE patrols, December 11 through January 2. But there’s a lot that’s new and we want you to be a part of it.

First, we’ve joined forces with Vivian McPeak, director of Seattle’s Hempfest and a long-time and well-known marijuana activist. “Driving drunk or high is dangerous,” says McPeak. It will increase your chances of being in a crash.” McPeak’s voice can help get that message to a new audience - and he is featured along with WTSC Director Darrin Grondel in a new PSA - help us share it!

We’re also teaming up with Lyft, through a grant from the Governor’s Highway Safety Administration to offer up to $10,000 worth of Lyft rides, to be distributed in Seattle and Spokane, with a kick off at two prominent marijuana retail establishments in both cities. You can read more about these activities in our news release ( and there’s a Spanish version as well).

Check out (and use) our social media, fact sheet and talking points in your communication efforts. There’s everything there you need to help get the word out so more people plan before they party this holiday season.

Thank you!

Scott Barker