(CBS Seattle) — The Washington Traffic Safety Commission has rolled out a few public service announcements aiming to prevent driving under the influence of marijuana.

The agency reportedly repurposed commercials used by the Colorado Department of Transportation. Extra DUI patrols kicked off at the beginning of the month to coincide with the opening of stores selling recreational marijuana.

The ads show people attempting normal activities while high followed by an on-screen message reminding viewers that it is still illegal to drive under the influence of marijuana:




A study published in February stated that fatal car crashes involving pot use have tripled in the U.S. One out of every nine drivers involved in deadly crashed would test positive for marijuana, according to the report.

Researchers on the study also found that marijuana was the main drug involved in the increase of fatal DUIs. It contributed to 12 percent of fatal crashes, compared to only 4 percent in 1999.


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