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Monday, July 21, 2014

Here Are Washington State's New "Driving While High" Commercials

Posted by on Mon, Jul 21, 2014 at 11:05 AM

Slog tipper Joe Szilagyi sent these along:

These commercials have apparently been repurposed from the Colorado Department of Transportation. This first one interests me because it seems to take place in a public park. Aren't pot smokers supposed to only enjoy their marijuana within the comfort of their own homes?

Also of interest: All of these commercials focus on male pot smokers. Are female stoners ever going to get any goddamned respect? One more after the jump:

On the whole, I think these could've been a lot worse. The TV-hanging one in particular shows a suburban husband and wife enjoying pot responsibly at home (although it's not clear if she's high too), which would've been unthinkable in the 1980s. I guess these bland advertisements are what progress looks like.

 

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ScandalMgr 1
Anyone can drive distracted. See this

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=102…
Posted by ScandalMgr on July 21, 2014 at 11:31 AM · Report this
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Meh. I don't understand the need to be all cute and rhymey with these driving safety campaigns. "Click-it or ticket!" "Drive high? DUI!" "Drive hammered, get nailed!"
Posted by happy renter on July 21, 2014 at 11:31 AM · Report this
Jaymz 3
I followed that link about female stoners - a Stranger article from 2007. It would be interesting to have a follow up piece in light of the changes these past seven years.
Posted by Jaymz on July 21, 2014 at 11:42 AM · Report this
Fnarf 4
Yesterday I saw an ad for Hennessey cognac about a land speed record driver. Apparently Hennessey makes you drive really fast.
Posted by Fnarf http://www.facebook.com/fnarf on July 21, 2014 at 11:53 AM · Report this
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The usual stereotyping of people who enjoy marijuana.
Posted by stonedinseattle on July 21, 2014 at 12:23 PM · Report this
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All of these commercials focus on male pot smokers. Are female stoners ever going to get any goddamned respect?
The obvious rejoinder is that the state sees a greater need to warn guys against bad behavior than gals - that it expects worse behavior from guys. I have no idea whether this is an accurate expectation, but it's not precisely disrespecting the ladies.
Posted by Warren Terra on July 21, 2014 at 1:07 PM · Report this
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Stereotypes all stoners as being bafoons.. Carl Sagan is an example that debunks this myth. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/31…
Posted by Erok on July 21, 2014 at 1:51 PM · Report this
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LOL, ya, because most stoners are like Carl Sagan...hahaha.

The thing about stereotypes is this: more often than not, they turn out to be mostly true.
Posted by stoners are mostly stupid losers...mostly on July 21, 2014 at 2:05 PM · Report this
Joe Szilagyi 9
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LOL, ya, because most stoners are like Carl Sagan...hahaha.


No, they're Neil deGrasse Tyson or all of these people who clearly aren't that smart; http://karmajello.com/mind-spirit/cannab…
Posted by Joe Szilagyi http://www.zombo.com on July 21, 2014 at 3:28 PM · Report this
kellyllek 10
driven high daily for 25 years. nothing more than 3 speeding tickets. get over it.
Posted by kellyllek http://www.youtube.com/user/pike024 on July 21, 2014 at 4:35 PM · Report this
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It's because white males are the only group that can still safely be made fun of without creating an algal bloom of manufactured outrage, including picketing and protests outside of the DOT offices.
Posted by ctmcmull on July 22, 2014 at 7:56 AM · Report this
Destiny 12
People have driving around high on pot for the last fifty years. This is just so the government can feel like they can still control what people do to feel better.
Posted by Destiny on July 22, 2014 at 12:32 PM · Report this

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