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October 2017 Archives

Tiger Woods to enter diversion program for impaired drivers

Washington residents may recall the media furor that ensued when Tiger Woods was charged with driving under the influence in May. Toxicology reports reveal that the former world number one was under the influence of prescription medications along with marijuana when he was discovered unconscious behind the wheel of his car, but he was scheduled to enter a guilty plea to a reduced charge of reckless driving at a Palm Beach County hearing on Oct. 25.

Woman charged in hit-and-run

According to law enforcement officials, a woman from Pierce County in Washington has been charged with multiple counts related to drunk driving after colliding with three other vehicles. The 55-year-old woman has had previous DUI incidences.

Safeguarding against distracted motorists

You may already know the dangers of driving while distracted. Many Olympia area motorists do, too. However, some of them are not using this knowledge to change their driving behaviors. They still operate their vehicles while performing other activities that make it challenging for them to stay focused on the roads.

State Supreme Court rules random testing unconstitutional

On Oct. 5, the Washington Supreme Court ruled that it was unconstitutional to require those who were accused of driving under the influence to submit to random urinalysis tests as a condition of their being released before trial. Three individuals had challenged the requirement for participation in random urinalysis testing, resulting in the case being brought before the court.

How pedestrians can reduce the risk of being in accidents

Pedestrians, cyclists and motorists need to share the roadways safely. Unfortunately, many pedestrians end up getting hurt or worse when they are just trying to get from Point A to Point B. According to the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center, over 5,000 pedestrians died in car accidents in 2015 alone.

Possible drunk driver crashes through highway roadblock

Washington residents might like to know about an incident involving a wrong-way driver that necessitated roadblocks and ended with a crash in Mount Vernon. The event took place on Oct. 4 at around 4:10 a.m. in Whatcom County when a 1987 Pontiac Fiero headed south in the northbound lanes of I-5. The driver traveled the wrong way for 19 miles, and it is suspected that the motorist was inebriated at the time of the incident.