Extra statewide traffic patrols on 4/20

Patrols will be looking for drunk and drugged drivers

Extra traffic patrols will be out statewide on Saturday, April 20, looking for drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs, according to the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office.

The Kitsap County Target Zero Task Force is working to spread the message about “doing the right thing” when it comes to driving. Their goal is to reduce the number of traffic fatalities in the state to zero, according to a news release from the group.

“Whether you’re driving yourself or your friends, make sure you stay sober or plan for a sober ride home,” the release stated. “There are other people on the roads who also want to get to their destination safely. Before you put your keys in the ignition, remind yourself: impaired driving is not acceptable.”

Recreational marijuana became legal in Washington in 2012. While consuming marijuana is legal for those 21 or older in Washington, driving impaired with alcohol or drugs remains illegal. Kitsap County Sheriff Gary Simpson said, “Impaired driving is 100-percent preventable; just don’t do it!”

Whether you smoke, eat, vape or dab marijuana, you may be rendered unable to operate a motor vehicle safely, the release stated. A person may experience more impairment when they mix marijuana with any other drug as well.