Police are always on the lookout for drunk drivers. This is especially true during holiday times when drivers are visiting relatives, going to parties and celebrating the season. Over the Thanksgiving weekend police in Washington conducted an initiative dubbed the I-5 Challenge in an attempt to counter drunk driving.
It is no secret that officials in Washington will prosecute those suspected of driving under the influence to the highest extent of the law. To this end, legislative proposals are being discussed that would permit police to stop any drivers for a sobriety check. However, according to some these measures are not only undesirable, but they may also be illegal.
Police in Washington will aggressively prosecute those accused of driving under the influence. An arrest for drunk driving is all the more serious if the person apprehended allegedly tried to run from the law.
Washington lawmakers toughened the laws against drunk driving this year, and they're preparing to toughen them again next year. One measure that has been proposed is the introduction of sobriety checkpoints.
Most people probably understand that drunk driving comes with serious consequences in Washington. Police are constantly on the lookout for people that may be driving under the influence. When police suspect a drunk driver, that person is generally pulled over and a variety of tests are administered. These tests can be embarrassing and lead to criminal sanctions. People who are found guilty of DUI can end up in jail, face large fines, have their drivers licenses suspended and be subject to other serious penalties.
King County residents may be familiar with the fact that the laws against drunk driving are especially hard on repeat offenders. This blog recently noted a case in which a woman's DUI charge was raised to a felony because she was involved in a fatal drunk driving crash more than 10 years previously.
Safety advocates have renewed calls for Washington to toughen its efforts to combat drunk driving after a fiery collision that killed a 22-year-old man. Police said they believe the 27-year-old driver who caused the accident was high on methamphetamine.
When Washington legalized marijuana, it was a major change in the state government's approach to that drug, but it did not change the government's approach to other street drugs, which remain illegal. Neither did it make much of a difference in the state's approach to driving under the influence. The state set a legal limit on the amount of THC drivers may have in their bloodstream, and a driver found to have exceeded that limit can face DUI charges just like those faced by drunk drivers.
A King County man faces possible charges of vehicular assault and drunk driving after police said he struck another vehicle while speeding on Interstate-405. The other car, a 1999 Dodge Caravan, was totaled in the accident, but its occupant was unhurt, police said. Meanwhile, police reported that the King County man's 2006 Lincoln Town Car rolled into a ditch.
Most Washington residents are aware that the state imposes harsh penalties upon those convicted of drunk driving offenses. Perhaps less well-known is how a conviction can follow a person, leading to harsher penalties if they are convicted on DUI charges again years later.