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Spokane drivers are paid $60 after completing a survey about drug and alcohol use behind the wheel. Spokane drivers are paid $60 after completing a survey about drug and alcohol use behind the wheel.
SPOKANE, Wash. - If you see people asking you to pull over in Spokane and offering $60 to take a survey, it's not a scam. 

Researchers from the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation will be interviewing motorists in six Washington counties, including Spokane, on Friday and Saturday. The research project is aimed at measuring driver drug and alcohol use patterns. 

“Impaired drivers kill more than 200 people each year in Washington State. This research will help us better understand the extent of the problem,” said Washington Traffic Safety Commission Director Darrin Grondel.

Data collectors will work at five separate locations in Spokane County and the survey is completely voluntary and anonymous. Motorists volunteering for the survey will be asked questions about their drug and alcohol patterns. They will also be asked to provide breath, blood and saliva samples. The entire process takes about 20 minutes and you can drop out at any time, but if you complete the survey you will be paid $60. 

Researchers will be approaching cars as they are stopped at stop lights, and if you want to take it, you will be asked to pull into a nearby parking lot. 

Preliminary results from the 2014 survey found that most drivers (88% or 768 of the 877 respondents who answered the question) believe that marijuana impairs a person's ability to drive. However, of the people who said they used marijuana within the last year, 44% said they drove within two hours of using marijuana, or while they were impaired. Drivers who said they used marijuana and drove within the last year were also asked if they thought marijuana degraded their driving ability, 87% said no, 25% felt that driving while high made them a better driver, and only 3% said marijuana degrades their driving ability.

“It's extremely troubling to me that so many marijuana users think that driving high is not a problem. It's a serious problem,” Grondel said in a press release about the project.

From 2011 through 2014 close to 850 people died in Washington as a result of impaired driving. It's the number one cause of fatal collisions.




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