Don't drive while high? Where are all these high on weed car accidents I hear about? Meanwhile alcohol kills thousands a year in drunk driving accident. Let's make TV commercials for alcohol.
Well I believe that driving while high is just categorized as a DUI so it's impossible to tell, as someone whose drive. Stoned I can attest it can be hella dangerous.
I guess they don't have anti-drunk driving commercials in the US? They're pretty common in Canada.
I have also seen the occasional "Don't drive while high" ad.
You're just a retard if you drive while under the influence of ANY substance.
Good point. I mean rape is ok cuz it ain't murder, right?
I'm not a weed-smoker, but I find this story to be kind of sweet. A lot of my friends have been hassled by The Man, and during OWS days, my husband was even visited by cops demanding to know if he was a commie (seriously—showed up to our apartment and demanded to know if Hubs was plotting the overthrow of the US government).
The label is kind of amusing, and the goodwill of the Seattle PD towards the weed-smokers seems genuine. Am I missing something here, or is this some sort of progression toward sensible drug laws?
yeah, the police departments of america shouldn't be able to magically join the cool kid's club after years of violence, incarceration, and murder over marijuana
Yeah, it seems downright adorable for a police effort. This is the way the cannabis rollout should be.
Not at all. I'm a Seattle-ite long-term and the SPD don't give a damn about weed right now. That bag label isn't kidding, they're mostly concerned about high-driving which has escalated a little bit and even then we're talking like "so-stoned" that you're going 30mph on the highway and don't realize it.
Again, you don't want to light up in front of a cop up cuz they'd tell you to ditch your joint but it's pretty awesome to have weed legal. SPD can work on, you know, actual problems, and they've been having fun with it. I think the Sheriff's official take when the law was passed was something like: "You can't drive high or sell it without a license but we welcome those of you over the age of 21 to smoke weed, listen to good music, and order as much pizza as you want. As long as it's delivery."
Yes, and I'm still waiting for the other shoe to drop... like, three days later, it turns out the Doritos were seasoned with ricin.
I believe Neil Young referred to this as a "kinder, gentler machine gun hand."
What should they have done, in your view? They could have just lain in wait for people to break these laws, so they could bust them, but instead they tried to keep from having to do that by reminding them of what would get them busted. This seems pretty enlightened to me. It would be great if there were no cops at all, I guess, but until that day comes, I think this is a great way for cops to behave.
My issue is the larger objective. Obviously a kinder, gentler machine gun hand is better than an asshole, thuggish machine gun hand, so I have no problem with this per se, I just think people ought to be dubious when it comes to PR savvy police because A) hip, preventive policing usually only happens for certain classes and certain constituents so I do think they're should be a note about consistency, B) the sign, while cute, is still a list of injunctions "don't drive high, don't sell to people under 21, don't smoke in pubic" and meant to create a chilling effect on people's ability to enjoy legal and harmless substance and C) It's part of a well-codniated PR push by the SPD (and the PR flack behind this one, Jonah Spangenthal-Lee) to create a more warm-and-fuzzy impression of the police in an effort help ease the public into trusting surveillance drones after lots of recent pushback.
Sorry if this makes me humorless, I work with people in PR and typically when a story is too cute by half and "viral ready" it's more often that not for a shitty, cynical reason.
Seattle Resident here and you need to look to the history of the SPD. They are an exceedingly violent culture here and reaching out to the Stoners is a joke and farce as I am sure the DUI force is up and running.. a 6K cost to anyone driving under the influence.. .o1 or .o5 for MJ or .o8 for booze.. sorry kids you are prosecuted even without the whole visual or actually driving impaired. They as in the cops just have to prove it or think it. Monday they shot a man in a bus to death, the third mentally ill person killed just this year alone. They are frauds.. Get high stoners and get your checkbook ready for DUI world Enjoy your blood taken at Harborview as we the taxpayers pay for that as well.
I think you forgot to mention that the mentally ill man shot the bus driver of a different bus, tried to carjack two cars a gunpoint, and then got on a another bus with his handgun that was full of people some of them were kids. If you are talking about the cafe' racer shooting as one of the other people killed by Seattle PD you are out of your damn mind. He killed 5 random people, in public, then he committed suicide.
I have a hard time giving justification for killing but they really didn't have a choice.
So he shot at the cops and they shot back and killed him, what's the problem here? I'm sorry but, if you shoot or point a gun at a cop, don't expect the live through it. It's legally justified as the cops life is in danger. Mentally ill or not, I don't see a problem with this guy getting shot for shooting at the police.
He never fired at cops. There was no car jacking. He tried a couple of parked car doors no witness or "victim" he attempted to car jack has come forward, his hands and gun were in his pocket and he jumped on a bus. There have been now 5 shootings of mentally ill who have had guns which is another issue. I WAS THERE. NO CROSSFIRE happened. The Police put people at risk which is a standard Seattle response. YOU WERE NOT THERE http://www.boston.com/news/nation/20…