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WSP emphasizes DUI patrols, rolls out upgraded mobile unit for 4/20

(AP)

Drivers who hit the roads this weekend across the state will likely see more law enforcement officers patrolling. The patrols coincide with 4/20 — a day associated with celebrating the consumption of cannabis, and the world’s unofficial pot holiday.

Law enforcement will be looking for people who use weed and then get behind the wheel of a vehicle.

Washington State Patrol said it is adding extra patrols and is warning drivers.

State Patrol said it has prepared by giving its mobile unit, which has been used for 10 years, a bit of a facelift.

The unit is 36 feet long, and designed to be a “full DUI investigation center.”

“Drug Recognition Experts (DRE) are now on board for evaluations as well as phlebotomists for legal blood draws. The process builds stronger cases for all DUI (alcohol/drug) prosecution,” a news release describing the upgraded mobile unit reads.

A law group that deals with personal injuries said numbers show that when the holiday lands on a Saturday, there are more collisions.

State Patrol said the last time 4/20 landed on Saturday it seemed the like the hours after a Super Bowl with people driving under the influence.

The agency said it hopes everyone will make plans to get to where they are going safely, so when they do celebrate the cannabis culture holiday, it can be done safely.

The emphasis patrol runs from 4 p.m. April 20 to 2 a.m. April 21. Other agencies like the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office, Lynnwood Police Department, Mountlake Terrace Police Department, and Everett Police Department will also be beefing up patrols.

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