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November 2016 Archives

Washington's open container law

Washington is one of 43 states that have passed laws to address the issue of open containers of alcohol in moving vehicles. While Congress has not passed legislation dealing with the issue directly, the 1998 Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century allows lawmakers to reduce the amount of federal highway funding going to states that allow vehicle occupants to possess open containers of alcohol. Under Washington law, containers of alcohol that have been opened must be stored in vehicle trunks or other places inaccessible to either drivers or passengers.

Teaching Washington residents about domestic violence

Domestic violence is defined as any act of abuse committed by one family member against another. Examples of domestic violence include one spouse hitting another or a parent hitting a child. The term domestic may apply to those who are just dating as opposed to married or otherwise living together, and it may also apply to either a heterosexual or homosexual couple.

Companies seek test for marijuana impairment

Although several states have legalized the recreational or medicinal use of marijuana, there is still no field test that measures a person's impairment while driving. According to the Automobile Association of America's Foundation for Traffic Safety, fatal crashes in which marijuana appeared to be a factor doubled in Washington state following legalization.

The consequences of DUIs for military service members

If you live in Washington and are in the military, you likely understand that the expectations that are placed on you are greater than those that are placed on civilians. If you are charged with and convicted of DUI, the penalties that you will face will be much harsher than those faced by others who are not service members.