The Vancouver Police Department arrested a man on the charge of driving under the influence of marijuana in connection with a deadly crash in Vancouver.
Investigators said the driver hit and killed a pedestrian around 5:50 p.m. on East Mill Plain Boulevard and Andresen Road.
Police say the victim, a male in his 50’s, was believed to be walking back from Safeway and stepped out into the middle of traffic.
The driver, Scotty Rowles, was driving westbound on East Mill Plain Boulevard and could not stop his car in time, according to police.
Detectives says Rowles cooperated with the investigation, but after interviewing him they determined there was enough evidence to arrest him on suspicion of driving under the influence of marijuana.
Police believe this is the first deadly crash involving the drug since it became legal in the state of Washington.
Police say the victim was close to two different lit and controlled intersections, but chose to step out into the middle of traffic, which would clearly put him at fault.
However, because Rowles was believed to be under the influence of marijuana, Washington State law says he is technically at fault, according to police.
While it may now be legal to smoke marijuana in the state of Washington, police say it is never legal to smoke it and then get behind the wheel.
The victim’s ID will be released after police notify his family.
Well, obviously we need to make marijuana illegal in order to keep irresponsible persons from smoking it and driving. Wait, marijuana is already illegal everywhere except Washington and Colorado, and somehow the laws prohibited the possession and use of marijuana did not stop people from possessing and using it. Well then, we need to ban the personal possession of cars. Just think of how many lives would be saved if we had responsible car control laws. Sure, it would be an inconvenience to all of us who would have to walk or rely on public transportation, but it only one life is saved from a reckless driver, it would all be worth it.
- Driver charged with DUI marijuana after fatal crash in Vancouver, WA (q13fox.com)
- Washington’s new ‘driving high’ DUI law for marijuana users stirs fears (poll) (oregonlive.com)
- Colorado heading toward a too-stoned-to-drive standard, experts say (denverpost.com)
- Marijuana legalization poses challenge to police on lookout for driving while high (foxnews.com) I do not see how it would be that different from looking for drunk drivers.
- Legalizing marijuana exposes more people to danger (billingsgazette.com) Not really. The author assumes that a larger number of people would use marijuana in the states that legalized it. The trouble with any sort of prohibition is that it does not remove the desire to use the prohibited product.