It's the first weekend after the legalization of marijuana in the state of Washington. So you can bet that law enforcement agencies will be out in force looking for people who try to abuse the new law by smoking pot and then getting behind the wheel. This is especially true in King County.
Here are the scheduled DUI patrols for this weekend:
In downtown Redmond, extra officers will be looking for impaired drivers from Friday at 8pm until Saturday at 4am.
On Saturday night in the Snoqualmie area, additional DUI officers will be present from 8pm until Sunday morning at 4am. The same goes for the stretch of Interstate 90 which passes through Snoqualmie.
For fans heading to Sunday's Seahawks game at CenturyLink Field against the Arizona Cardinals (which kicks off at 1:25pm), be aware that there will be Seattle police officers looking for people who are driving to and from the game while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The same goes for folks who are partying in downtown Bellevue before, during, and after the game.
According to the new marijuana law, driving with more than five nanograms of THC (the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana) per milliliter of blood can get you charged with DUI in Washington. To be safe, you should wait at least several hours between smoking pot and driving.
Remember to call us for a free consultation if you have any contact with the police.