DUI-CA Summer 2019
Driving drunk or high is dangerous. Make a plan before you party.
Most people in Washington believe driving impaired is unsafe and unacceptable.
Drivers who are impaired from more than one substance – usually alcohol and cannabis – are now the most common type of impaired driver involved in fatal crashes.
If you use marijuana after drinking alcohol, you increase your crash risk.
We all have a role to play in keeping our roads safe for everyone. Step up to save a life. Intervening is what we do as friends, family and neighbors.
There’s more than one way to plan:
Choose a designated driver
Taxi or rideshare
Take public transportation
Spend the night
Leave your car at home
Download and use the Safer Ride app to your phone, which can help get you home safely
Impairment from Alcohol and Cannabis
Alcohol and drug impaired driving is the leading contributing factor in Washington fatal crashes. Nearly half of all traffic deaths in Washington involve an impaired driver.
Most adults in Washington do NOT drive under the influence, however:
22 percent report driving within two hours of consuming alcohol
15 percent report driving within two hours of consuming cannabis
9 percent report driving within two hours of consuming cannabis and alcohol
From 2012 to 2017, Washington experienced a 15 percent per year increase in the number of drivers involved in fatal crashes who were impaired from more than one substance.
Alcohol and cannabis are the most common combination of intoxicants.
DUI Patrols Are On
Nearly 150 law enforcement agencies in Washington are conducting extra patrols August 14 – September 2, but safe driving isn’t just a law enforcement issue, it’s an issue for everyone and it’s up to everyone to take action.
Being arrested for a DUI is expensive. Expect to pay at least $10,000 in attorney’s fees, fines, court costs, lost time at work higher insurance rates, car towing and repairs, and more.
Law enforcement made more than 25,000 arrests for impairment in 2017. The consequences of a DUI include:
Legal bills of up to $10,000
100% increase in insurance rates
One year in jail
Installation of ignition interlock device on your car
DUI Doesn’t Mean Just Alcohol
Impaired driving includes:
Many over the counter drugs like Nyquil, Ambien, pain and allergy meds