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Drunk Driving Archives

Studies show drug-positive driving on the rise

Washington motorists may be interested to learn that the number of drivers who were found to be under the influence of marijuana has increased while the number of drivers who drove while under the influence of alcohol has decreased. According to a study, the percentage of drivers under the influence of alcohol decreased 77 percent from 1973 to 2014. The number of drivers who tested positive for marijuana increased by 50 percent.

Alcohol education programs are alternatives in DUI cases

In Washington and across the United States, mandatory alcohol education and treatment programs are used in some deferred prosecution agreements for people accused of driving under the influence. These programs are used to substitute for some harsher penalties, especially for first-time offenders.

Former NFL player pleads guilty to DUI

Washington football fans may be interested to learn that, on June 19, it was reported that a former linebacker for the New York Giants pleaded guilty to DUI. The charge stemmed from a drunk driving incident in September 2016 when 57-year-old Lawrence Taylor struck a motor home and sideswiped a police car in Florida.

Tiger Woods police report contradicts earlier media stories

Washington residents may remember Tiger Woods best for his early career dominance and sublime technique, but the 41-year-old golfer been involved in several off-the-course incidents in recent years that have tarnished his reputation and hindered his comeback efforts. The latest such incident occurred during the early morning hours of May 29 when Woods was taken into custody by police in Florida on DUI charges.

David Hasselhoff's daughter charged with drunk driving

Washington residents may be interested to learn that actress Hayley Hasselhoff was taken into police custody on May 13 for driving under the influence. Hayley, the 24-your-old daughter of David Hasselhoff, has appeared in several television shows and movies, including "Sharknado." Her father has battled with alcohol and substance abuse issues publicly in the past.

Washington's zero-tolerance laws for minors and drunk driving

Minors may be charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or marijuana in Washington even when their blood alcohol concentrations are lower than the allowed limits for drivers who are at or over the age of 21. If they are convicted of the offense, they may face serious penalties.

Study looks into the impact of ignition interlock laws

Washington is among the 26 states that mandate the installation of ignition interlock devices in the vehicles of all individuals convicted of DUIs. A recent survey suggests that the nation's roads would be safer if all states had such laws on their books. The study was conducted by researchers at the Colorado School of Public Health and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and it was published in the April 2017 issue of the "American Journal of Preventive Medicine."

Washington poised to strengthen DUI penalties

After years of procedural delays in the state legislature, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has a chance to sign a bill that would classify the fourth DUI in 10 years as a felony that requires a prison sentence of 13 to 17 months. Existing state laws regarding drunk driving have been the weakest in the country. Under existing law, someone could be arrested for drunk driving five times before facing felony charges.

Washington explores DUI courts for repeat offenders

Washington public safety officials are looking into drunk driving courts for repeat offenders. These courts, which would provide special supervision and treatment for those convicted of DUIs, may have far-reaching consequences for citizens throughout the state.