drunk driving http://nwpr.org en Washington's New 24/7 Sobriety Program Runs Into Snags http://nwpr.org/post/washingtons-new-247-sobriety-program-runs-snags <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s been nearly a year since a repeat drunk driver caused a horrific accident in north Seattle.</span></p><p>A new mother, her 10-day old baby and her in-laws were run down as they crossed the street. The grandparents were killed, the mother and baby critically injured. That tragedy and other high profile drunk driving crashes prompted Washington lawmakers to authorize a pilot program to test repeat drunk drivers twice-a-day to see if they’ve been drinking. But that 24/7 Sobriety program has run into legal and financial snags and now two of the pilot agencies have dropped out.</p><p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 13:55:03 +0000 Austin Jenkins 43069 at http://nwpr.org Washington's New 24/7 Sobriety Program Runs Into Snags Proposed DUI Crackdown Gets Pushback On Multiple Fronts http://nwpr.org/post/proposed-dui-crackdown-gets-pushback-multiple-fronts <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/04/041813AJ_OlympiaUpdate_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Washington Governor Jay Inslee and lawmakers want to move swiftly to crack down on repeat drunk drivers. This after two recent high profile tragedies in Seattle. But Thursday they got some pushback from judges, prosecutors, civil libertarians and even the restaurant industry.<p>It’s a classic case of the devil’s in the details. Take ignition interlock devices. There’s a proposal to install them at the impound lot after a drunk driver is arrested. Fri, 19 Apr 2013 00:09:22 +0000 Austin Jenkins 26138 at http://nwpr.org Proposed DUI Crackdown Gets Pushback On Multiple Fronts Washington To Consider Special DUI Driver License, Alcohol Bracelet http://nwpr.org/post/washington-consider-special-dui-driver-license-alcohol-bracelet <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/04/041613AJ_Goodman_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>OLYMPIA, Wash. – Repeat drunk drivers in Washington may soon carry a scarlet letter driver license and have to wear an alcohol detection bracelet. Those are just two of the requirements contained in DUI legislation proposed Tuesday in Olympia.<p>The bipartisan plan follows two recent drunk driving tragedies in the Seattle area.<p>House Public Safety Chair Roger Goodman says the ankle bracelet detects alcohol consumption and alerts authorities. Wed, 17 Apr 2013 00:18:15 +0000 Austin Jenkins 26023 at http://nwpr.org Washington To Consider Special DUI Driver License, Alcohol Bracelet After Tragedies, Wrong-Way Drivers And Ignition Interlocks Get Focus In Olympia http://nwpr.org/post/after-tragedies-wrong-way-drivers-and-ignition-interlocks-get-focus-olympia <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/04/040913AJ_IgnitionLock.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>OLYMPIA, Wash. – Recent tragedies in Seattle have triggered an emergency discussion of drunk driving laws. Governor Jay Inslee said Tuesday it’s not acceptable that it takes a fifth DUI in ten years before a driver is charged with a felony. But changing that policy would be costly.<p>Governor Inslee says he wants a “bigger, bolder” response to drunk driving after two high profile fatal crashes. Both involved alleged repeat drunk drivers. Wed, 10 Apr 2013 00:20:59 +0000 Austin Jenkins 25629 at http://nwpr.org After Tragedies, Wrong-Way Drivers And Ignition Interlocks Get Focus In Olympia Inslee Calls For 'Aggressive' Approach To Drunk Drivers http://nwpr.org/post/inslee-calls-aggressive-approach-drunk-drivers <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/04/040913AJ_Inslee.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington Governor Jay Inslee is demanding a renewed crackdown on drunk drivers. This after recent tragedies in the Seattle area.<p>The Democrat Tuesday called for more DUI patrols, more resources for prosecutors and stricter rules for ignition interlock devices.<p>“We've got to understand a drinking driver is just as dangerous as someone out there with a bomb in their car because that’s what they are," the governor said. Tue, 09 Apr 2013 23:10:17 +0000 Austin Jenkins 25622 at http://nwpr.org Inslee Calls For 'Aggressive' Approach To Drunk Drivers No Consensus On Marijuana Blood Tests http://nwpr.org/post/no-consensus-marijuana-blood-tests <p>Arrests and prosecutions for driving under the influence of marijuana do not appear to be going up or down. Voters legalized recreational marijuana as of December sixth, and set a strict new standard for how much marijuana can be in your blood, if you're stopped for impaired driving. Thu, 07 Feb 2013 14:30:28 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 22369 at http://nwpr.org Sen. Crapo Pleads Guilty To DUI, Apologizes http://nwpr.org/post/sen-crapo-pleads-guilty-dui-apologizes <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/01/010413JR_DUISenator_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>U.S. Senator Mike Crapo apologized profusely Friday after pleading guilty to drunken driving. A judge outside Washington, D.C. ordered the Republican from Idaho to pay a $250 fine and take an alcohol safety class. Crapo will also lose his driver's license for a year.<p>Crapo was arrested two days before Christmas in Alexandria, Va. Sat, 05 Jan 2013 00:10:25 +0000 Jessica Robinson 20731 at http://nwpr.org Sen. Crapo Pleads Guilty To DUI, Apologizes