KENNEWICK, Wash. — A new Public Service Announcement from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission (WTSC) is aiming to put common marijuana-related misconceptions to rest in order to keep impaired drivers off the road.
The short video pairs the WTSC president with the director of Seattle's Hempfest to answer a series of questions from people trying to justify illegal behavior.
Kennewick police are trying to spread the message after three pot-related DUIs in December.
Studies show driving while high increases the odds you’ll crash by 83 percent.
Traffic sergeant Matthew Newton with KPD says driving is dangerous enough before adding impaired response-times to the mix.
"We're not trying to say that you can't smoke marijuana because it is legal," he explained. "All we're saying is be careful if you decide to drive after you smoke it, because if you do and you're impaired we're going to be looking for you."
Newton says if you see someone driving erratically, don’t worry about whether or not they’re impaired and just call dispatch at 509-628-0333.
Police will sort out the details, they just need to know what’s happening and where.