Posted on December 21, 2013 at 12:13 AM
Saturday, Dec 21 at 1:13 PM
Trooper Karim Boukabou is on the beat Friday, and looking for impared drivers.
"Anybody that drives with an impairment can have different characteristics," says Boukabou, who works out of the Bellevue district office.
He says he was not surprised to hear about the charges leveled today, by King County Prosecutors.
They formally accused Caleb Floyd, of striking and killing 23-year-old Blake Gaston of Bellevue, in a car-bike accident on October 4th.
Prosecutors say Floyd admitted then to using marijuana. Recent blood tests confirmed the belief, and said Floyd had 9.8 Nanograms of THC in his blood, nearly double the legal limit, according to court documents.
"On a personal level, I have seen the troopers, that I work with and myself, have seen an increased level of arrests in marijuana," says Boukabou.
A recent AP study concluded "in the first six months of 2013, 745 people tested positive for marijuana. Typically, there are about 1,000 positive pot tests on drivers in a full year."
Final numbers are not complete, but Boukabou says he believes numbers have been up since Washington voters approved recreational use.
"I think there is more out there," says Boukabou.