DUI

24/7 Sobriety Program
6:55 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Washington's New 24/7 Sobriety Program Runs Into Snags

Commander Jim Rich of the Centralia Police Department displays the breath test machine used for the 24/7 Sobriety pilot program.
Credit Austin Jenkins

It’s been nearly a year since a repeat drunk driver caused a horrific accident in north Seattle.

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.

Read more
DUI
4:07 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

New Year Brings Sobriety Testing For Repeat Drunk Drivers

Officer Durbin of the Portland Police Department tests volunteer Jennifer Van Vleet for blood alcohol level in this 2009 file photo.
Oregon Department of Transportation

Originally published on Tue December 24, 2013 12:59 pm

Repeat drunk drivers in Washington who get arrested in the New Year may find themselves ordered to blow into a breathalyzer twice a day.

Read more
Downward DUI Trend
4:17 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

DUIs In Washington Continue Downward Trend After Liquor Sales Privatization

Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri October 25, 2013 4:11 pm

The Washington State Patrol has compiled a full year of data covering drunk driving arrests and crashes since private retailers took over liquor sales in the state.

Read more
New DUI Law
5:19 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Round-The-Clock Alcohol Monitoring Part Of New DUI Law

Washington’s new DUI law borrows an idea from South Dakota. Starting in January, as many as three Washington counties and two cities will pilot a 24-7 alcohol monitoring program. That could mean offenders wearing high-tech bracelets.

Read more
DUI Law
4:18 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Victim, Prosecutor Say New DUI Law Is Progress, But Not Enough

Austin Jenkins/ Northwest News Network. Dan Schulte, with his sister at his side, speaks at the bill signing ceremony for Washington’s new DUI law.

Originally published on Thu July 18, 2013 3:22 pm

Second-time drunk drivers in Washington will go directly to jail. They’ll also be required to get an ignition interlock device within five days.

Those are just two of the provisions in a sweeping new DUI measure signed into law Thursday. But already there are calls for even tougher penalties in the future.

The bill signing ceremony took place at a State Patrol field office. Governor Jay Inslee was flanked by police, prosecutors, lawmakers and victims.

Read more
Drunk Driving
5:09 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Proposed DUI Crackdown Gets Pushback On Multiple Fronts

US Department of Transportation

Originally published on Thu April 18, 2013 5:07 pm

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.

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. But the installers say that isn’t technically feasible and lawyers question whether it’s legal prior to a conviction.

Read more
DUI Legislation
5:18 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

Washington To Consider Special DUI Driver License, Alcohol Bracelet

Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Tue April 16, 2013 5:07 pm

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.

The bipartisan plan follows two recent drunk driving tragedies in the Seattle area.

Read more
Drunk Driving Laws
5:20 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

After Tragedies, Wrong-Way Drivers And Ignition Interlocks Get Focus In Olympia

Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Tue April 9, 2013 5:18 pm

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.

Read more
Drunk Driving
4:10 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Inslee Calls For 'Aggressive' Approach To Drunk Drivers

Flickr

Originally published on Tue April 9, 2013 3:57 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington Governor Jay Inslee is demanding a renewed crackdown on drunk drivers. This after recent tragedies in the Seattle area.

The Democrat Tuesday called for more DUI patrols, more resources for prosecutors and stricter rules for ignition interlock devices.

“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. "They’re rolling time bombs and that’s why I believe we need to be much more aggressive.”

Read more
Marijuana DUI
6:30 am
Thu February 7, 2013

No Consensus On Marijuana Blood Tests

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.

Read more

Pages