Extra DUI patrols on as study shows troubling trend

Officers have extra patrols out looking for impaired drivers on Labor Day as a new study shows a troubling trend.

Our state's traffic safety commission said a recent study found most drivers between 15 and 20 years old in Washington who admitted to driving after getting high on marijuana believed doing so actually made them better drivers.

The state says that's a potentially deadly belief.

The safety commission said the most common thing they’re seeing with impaired drivers is people using two or more drugs. The most common combination is alcohol and marijuana.

Last week, a woman was hit and killed in Ballard by a suspected DUI driver as she walked her dogs, according to police.

The roughly two weeks from August 17 through Labor Day are typically the deadliest days of the year on our roads.

More than 160 agencies across the state have extra patrols out now hoping to prevent another tragedy.