Fri Dec 21, 2012, 05:05 PM
green for victory (591 posts)
2 weeks ago: Legal pot newest target for Wash. DUII sting
Legal pot newest target for Wash. DUII sting
VANCOUVER – Police in Vancouver are ramping up efforts to keep streets in Washington safe, and with the recent legalization of Marijuana, they have a lot more to look out for.
Nearly three dozen officers were on patrol Friday night processing DUII drivers in a mobile command unit. While police can rely on traditional methods to detect alcohol, detecting impairment from marijuana is not as easy.
“We don’t have any x-ray glasses to look to see anything special. It’s that level of impairment that other people can see that we see as well,” said Sgt. Mark Crandall with Washington State Police. “Maybe they have relaxed inhibitions. Maybe they’re stumbling.”
As the holidays approach, a lot more parties are happening and chances are more people will be drinking and driving.
Authorities in Washington urge those who are drinking or using marijuana to never get behind the wheel. Instead, designate a driver or call a taxi.
edit:there's the magic new buzzword DUID
You Are Going Directly To Jail: What It Means, Who's Behind It, and Strategies to Prevent It
DUID, short for "driving under the influence of drugs," is the latest buzzword among politicians and police -- however, in this case, words can be deceiving.
Though billed by its proponents as a necessary tool to crack down on persons who operate a motor vehicle while impaired by illicit drugs, in reality, many newly proposed DUID laws -- in particular "zero tolerance" per se laws -- have little to do with promoting public safety or identifying motorists who drive while intoxicated. Rather, these laws potentially classify many sober drivers as impaired under the law solely because they were presumed to have consumed a controlled substance -- particularly marijuana -- at some previous, unspecified point in time.
There are various types of DUID laws, some more pernicious than others. Today, every state has DUID legislation on the books. These laws fall into three distinct categories:
Per Se DUID Laws
after the feds sue to prevent state run stores (Really!) the only things left of this poor attempt at decriminalization (the media lied when they said it was legalization) will be the 1oz tolerance (saves LEO money), no home growing and of course, DUID laws. Next, for public safety, LEO will begin a crackdown on home growers, since they pose a threat to public safety.
No wonder LEO was so supportive. And to all you belligerent rude 502 supporters, maybe you could volunteer some time to drive a medical marijuana patient (who is now most likely PER SE guilty of a DUI the second they sit behind a wheel) to a dispensary. OOops- they're illegal. Maybe you're all tied up and stuff, trying to fix the new law like you said you would. Then hire a taxi.
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