Battle Ground Police Officers will be joining law enforcement throughout Clark County and WA State in extra DUI patrols August 19 – September 5. The extra patrols are aimed at encouraging everyone to get a safe ride, especially if alcohol, prescription, over-the-counter medicine, or other drug use might be causing any impairment.
Driving under the influence of drugs, whether illicit, over-the counter, prescription, or a combination thereof, is just as dangerous – and as unlawful – as driving under the influence of alcohol.
Data shows that combining alcohol and drugs, or one drug with another drug can be a very deadly mix for drivers. According to a new study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), approximately one-third of drivers in Washington State were drug-positive. The NHTSA study mirrors the state’s deadly crash data. In 2015, there were 251 impaired drivers involved in deadly crashes. Of these drivers, 20 percent tested positive for alcohol greater than .08 only and another 20 percent tested positive for a single drug. However, nearly 60 percent of these drivers tested positive for multiple drugs, or drugs mixed with alcohol.
In addition to the Battle Ground Police Department, Ridgefield, Vancouver, and Washougal Police Departments, Clark County Sheriff‘s Office, CRESA, and the Washington State Patrol will be participating in this campaign through the coordination of the Target Zero Task Force (Clark & Skamania Counties). The DUI emphasis patrols are funded by a grant from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission and are part of Target Zero - striving to end traffic deaths and serious injuries in Washington by 2030.
“The Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign is designed to encourage all of our citizens to help us achieve our goal of zero traffic deaths. Before you drive, make sure your mind is alert and ready for the important task of driving,” said Darrin Grondel, Washington Traffic Safety Commission Director. “Don’t risk getting arrested for a DUI, or causing a life-changing tragedy. Designate a sober, drug-free driver, catch a ride share, or walk with a buddy.”
More information about Target Zero is available at www.targetzero.com.
Washington deadly crash data is available by state and county on the Washington Traffic Safety Commission website at: http://wtsc.wa.gov/research-data/quarterly-target-zero-data/